Newly leaked dummy units for iPad mini and iPad Pro show little to no changes in the design of the upcoming tablets. These dummy units, based on 3D models of the upcoming devices and often used by accessory makers, give a good idea of the dimensions and fit of the products.
iPad Pro dummy shows 3 cameras, iPad mini dummy shows no changes
So far, the only changes seem to be the triple camera array on the back of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, while iPad mini still retains the same old design with thick bezels and a home screen button. There had been rumors that Apple is working on an iPad Pro mini, but if these dummy units posted by Sonny Dickson, a reliable leaker, are correct, we are in for another year with the same old design.
Despite the design of the iPad mini, it might be possible that Apple has kept it a hidden secret. Ming-Chi Kuo had reported last month that Apple will launch two iPad mini models this year, one would be an 8.4-inch model, while the other one would be an 8.7-inch iPad Pro mini. Mac Otakara had also corroborated this rumor and said that iPad mini will jump from 7.9-inch display size to 8.4-inch. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg had also reported that iPad mini will get a larger display this year, along with iPad Pro getting a Thunderbolt 3 port, improved cameras, and faster performance that would be similar to the one offered by M1 chips. The 12.9-inch model is also expected to get a mini-LED display, which would be a first for any Apple product, while both iPad Pro models will get 5G support.
It was earlier expected that Apple would hold an event in March to announce the new iPad models as part of its Spring product announcements, along with AirTags. However, that did not happen and all eyes are on Apple to announce the new iPad models via a press release this month.