For some time now there have been rumors that Apple may be preparing an iPad mini, and everything points to that this year the Apple tablet will receive an upgrade that puts it on the same level as the iPad Air, something that has long been requested. that now the information disclosed is more detailed.
Although Apple updated the iPad mini with a faster processor and Apple Pencil support in late 2019, the device’s basic design hasn’t changed since its introduction in 2012.
Like so many other Apple leaks, the article cites “anonymous sources familiar with the matter,” so caution is advised. That said, the information from 9to5Mac is usually pretty accurate, so we take this information with some confidence.
9to5Mac sources say the new iPad mini will have a design reminiscent of the recent iPad Air, suggesting Apple will release the home button and significantly reduce the bezel around the screen. This approach may be a special advantage for the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which has an already quite small screen. A new design may allow the device to remain “mini” but offer a more immersive viewing experience.
The article also states that the iPad mini will follow the iPad Pro and iPad Air by switching from a Lightning port to USB-C, which is the standard plug in most mobile devices. The mini would include a Smart Connector, allowing peripherals such as a version of Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio or Magic Keyboard for the iPad mini.
The latest iPad Mini rumor the site claims to reveal is the inclusion of Apple’s yet-to-be-announced A15 processor – the same SoC that is expected to appear in this year’s new iPhone models. (In the past, some iPad models used processors older than the current iPhone lineup, even though they were released around the same time).
The A15 uses the same 5 nm fabrication process as the A14 predecessor. Furthermore, sources say Apple is also working on a faster variant of the A15, called the A15X, for inclusion in some other iPads. That’s a curious statement, as processors with similar nomenclature had already appeared in the lineup of the iPad Pro, which Apple updated this year to share the M1 chip found in Apple’s first Silicon Macs. So it’s not clear which iPads an A15X can reach, and even if an A15X is actually in development.
But the article isn’t just about the iPad mini, sources at 9to5Mac also say the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad will be upgraded with Apple’s A13 chip, replacing the current A12 chip.