The iPad mini looks old compared to the latest iPad Air and iPad Pros, and Apple knows this. We have already heard countless times that a redesign is in use for the company’s smallest tablet, and today a new report repeats exactly this, while showing us what the next model will look like.
Note that these are not leaked reproductions, they are constructed based on a mixture of schemas, CAD files and practical images, made from scratch to protect sources.
With that out of the way, here we go. As you can see, the next iPad mini gives a lot of iPad Air vibes. In fact, it looks like a shrunken version of it. Here they are side by side:
iPad Air (2020) on the left, iPad mini 6 on the right
The home button is finally gone, allowing for narrower frames, and in fact, the new iPad mini will be almost identical in size to the old one – the difference is a small 3mm in both height and width. And yet, of course, it will be able to fit a larger screen. The upcoming model measures 206.3 x 137.8 x 6.1 mm, so the thickness remains unchanged. That said, the pages are flat as in the iPad Air.
The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the elongated on / off button, and the speakers have been “dramatically improved”. Gone is the Lightning connector, which makes room for USB-C, shockingly enough. Sources say the new iPad mini will be offered in silver, black and gold.
It will support a newer, smaller Apple Pencil variation, and the tablet is powered by the Apple A14 chipset. There will be a version with 5G connectivity and the launch should finally happen before the end of this year.