New sixth-generation iPad mini renders created using schematics, CAD files, and leaked images show how it would look like with a larger display, thinner bezels, rounded corners, Touch ID power button, and USB-C port. Basically, imagine a smaller iPad Air.
The new renders have been created by Jon Prosser and published on his website Front Page Tech. The renders are accompanied by further details such as specifications and features of the upcoming iPad mini 6 refresh.
iPad mini 6 renders reveal and iPad Air-like design
Although the new iPad mini will have a sleeker design, it will only be 3mm smaller than the current iPad mini. The reason behind this is possibly due to the fact that Apple is not just reducing the device size, but increasing the display size to 8.4-inch while reducing the width of the bezels. Internally, it will be powered by Apple’s latest A14 chip, and feature 5G cellular networking support.
Just like the iPad Air, iPad mini 6 will not feature a home button but will be controlled using touch gestures. Authentication will be handled via a Touch ID power button, and the speakers will also get some major improvements. iPad Air has 2 speakers so we expect a similar audio setup.
Another major change will be the addition of a USB-C port to replace the Lightning connector. This will only leave out the regular iPad and all iPhone models with Lightning connectors since iPad Pro and iPad Air already have USB-C ports. The recently launched M1 iPad Pro even has Thunderbolt support.
Prosser also goes on to say that iPad mini 6 will launch in three colors: silver, black, and gold. The Air launched in five colors, so we would not be surprised if Apple adds more colors to the line-up.
Lastly, Prosser refers to the Apple Pencil 3 rumors and says that his sources have referred to a smaller one for iPad mini. So far, we have not heard of any other rumors or leaks that corroborate this.
As per Prosser, Bloomberg, and Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to announce the new mini tablet in the second half of this year.