Analyst and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), Ross Young claims that the 6th generation iPad mini will have an 8.3-inch larger display with thinner bezels and no Home button. The company is bringing major changes to the mini-tablet lineup after more than 2 years.
Apple updated the mini-tablet models in March 2019 with the launch of a 7.9-inch generation iPad mini (5th generation). Starting from $399, the tablet is powered by an A12 Bionic chip with up to 10 hours of battery life, offers up to 256 GB of storage, compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation), and more.
6th generation iPad mini to receive major upgrades this year
Rumors mills have reported extensively on an alleged upcoming sixth-generation iPad mini launching in late 2021. Although it was certain that the new tablet will have a larger display, sources were giving conflicting screen sizes. While some reported that it will have an 8.7-inch or 9-inch display, most of the sources claim that the new iPad mini will have an 8.4-inch display.
Previously, Jon Prosser shared renders of the alleged tablet using schematics. He detailed that the new model will have an 8.4-inch display, powered by an A14 chip, with support 5G cellular networking, Touch ID in the power button, no Home Button, and USB-C port will replace the Lightning connector. He also added that the new tablet will come in silver, black, and gold color options. Therefore, Young‘s information on the tablet’s expected features is not new but it corroborates earlier reports.
Grew from 7.9" due to narrower bezels and removal of Home button.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) July 26, 2021
Recently, DigiTimes reported that “BLU maker Radiant will be kicking off shipments for mini-LED backlit devices in Q3 2021. These mini-LED components will be used in the upcoming MacBook Pro and iPad mini, and shipments will increase in the fourth quarter to meet higher demand.” However, take this news with a grain of salt, because mini-LED technology is expensive for it delivers higher brightness, deeper blacks, and improved contrast ratios than LCD display technology. So, Apple is unlikely to offer the advanced display panel in the low-tier iPad before than 11-inch iPad Pro.