Last May Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the iPad mini 6 would arrive in the first half of 2021 with a screen size of between 8.5- and 9-inches.
He was clearly wrong on the first point, as we are now in the second half of the year without a new iPad mini, and a new report suggests that the second point may also be somewhat wide of the mark.
Display analyst Ross Young tweeted that the screen of the iPad mini 6 will actually be 8.3-inches. As he added in a follow-up tweet, that’s a modest 0.4 inch increase from the 2019 model, and probably achieved by narrower edges and the removal of the Home button instead of a larger frame.
That’s pretty accessible, considering the current iPad mini has not changed dramatically in terms of design since the first generation launched in 2012 when thin edges were unknown.
It also seems to be consistent with rumors that the iPad mini 6 will follow the design touches of the 2020 iPad Air, which eventually looked closer to the expensive iPad Pro tablets. With the Home button removed, the iPad Air Touch ID moved to the On / Off button.
Last week, a report claimed that three major changes were coming in for the upcoming iPad mini 6, which look like a backup of this planned design unit between iPads. Not only would the new mini pack the same upcoming Apple A15 chip to power the iPhone 12, but the new device will apparently sneak the Lighting port for the faster USB-C, and introduce the magnetic Smart Connector, the latter opens the door for extras like the Apple Smart Keyboard – though in a new size to reach the unusual dimensions of the mini.
After the iPad mini 6 missed the expected launch window of the first half of the year, it is not clear exactly when it will appear, but it will most likely remain a 2021 product.