The iPad mini was conspicuously absent during Apple’s big event last month. This is not exactly surprising, as the company seemed to focus more on its most powerful products, particularly the iPad Pros with Apple M1 silicon. This does not exactly mean that the iPad mini that has been rumored since the beginning of the year will be a no-show. Instead, Ming-Chi Kuo says the smaller slate was delayed for some time later this year.
Given the low frequency with which Apple updates the iPad mini, there was a real possibility that 2021 would not see any new models in this product line. There were even rumors that Apple would finally retire the iPad mini due to the larger screen sizes of the iPhone Pros, which made it almost redundant. Fortunately for fans of Apple’s smallest tablet, this may not be the case this year.
Kuo says the appearance of the new iPad mini will happen in the second half of the year, probably in the fall. In contrast to Apple’s April event, its debut may focus on the most affordable line of Apple products. The cheapest iPad should also be updated this year and may appear alongside the iPad mini.
Rumors about updating the iPad mini so far have consistently focused on changes in screen size. While still maintaining the same physical dimensions as the tablet, the 2021 iPad mini is expected to display an 8.4-inch instead of 7.9-inch screen, a change that is possible by reducing bezels. The Touch ID sensor must also be relocated below the on / off button on the side.
The note to Kuo’s investor also refers to Apple’s legendary foldable iPhone, which is yet to make an appearance this year. Instead, the analyst predicts that the company will launch the device in 2023, where it is expected to ship 15 to 20 million units. Kuo says the device will have an 8-inch screen, but doesn’t say much about its design.