Apple would be launching a new iPad mini with features never seen before. An increase in size, new A15 chip and USB-C connectivity would be the newest thing we would see by the end of the year. 9to5Mac reports that it has very reliable sources about this information, they specify that the new model has a J310 code and it will come with a Smart Connector that will be able to work with accessories such as a Magic Keyboard (no new dedicated accessories confirmed yet).
Apple wants the iPad mini to be a unique device in its segment
This iPad it’s a bit hidden in the Apple catalogAlthough it is not the cheapest iPad and it is the smallest. It hasn’t been updated since 2019 and has an A12 Bionic chip. It will take a giant leap in 2021, as it will be renewed with the 5-nanometer A15 chip. Namely, the iPad mini is going to have the same chip as the future iPhone 13.
Not only that, 9to5Mac knows that Apple is working on a variant of an A15X chip for other iPads. The Lightning port will be history for this range and will have USB-C to give it more reach in terms of connectivity. A redesign that will receive the Smart Connector to give it versatility on accessories.
How many tablets do you know with these kinds of features in a “small” size? The performance and functionality will be brutal, Apple could set a revolutionary product on its objectives. It will be interesting to see the reason for the new iPad mini in an upcoming Apple Event.
Bloomberg also agrees in the information about the iPad mini. A redesign with slimmer bezels and no home button. Ming-Chi Kuo claims that this iPad will have a jump in screen size, from 7.9 inches to 8.5 or 9 inches. The iPad mini will no longer be so mini.
Entry iPad will be renewed
9to5Mac also knows that Apple is planning to revamp the entry-level iPad line. The current 10.2-inch that has an A12 Bionic chip will scale to the A13 chip. It’s not the performance leap expected in a product in its class, but apparently Apple wants the iPad larger than the mini to be the entry level.