The iPad mini was noticeably absent throughout Apple’s massive occasion final month. That’s not precisely shocking as the corporate appeared to focus extra on its extra highly effective merchandise, significantly the iPad Professionals with Apple M1 silicon. That doesn’t precisely imply that the iPad mini that has been showing in rumors for the reason that begin of the yr might be a no-show. As an alternative, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the smaller slate has simply been delayed to someday later this yr.
Given how sometimes Apple updates the iPad mini, there’s was an actual chance that 2021 would see no new mannequin from that product line. There have been even rumors at one level that Apple would lastly retire the iPad mini in mild of the iPhone Professionals’ bigger display screen sizes that made it virtually redundant. Happily for followers of the smallest Apple pill, that may not be the case this yr.
Kuo says that the brand new iPad mini’s look will occur within the second half of the yr, most likely in Fall. In distinction to Apple’s April occasion, its debut could deal with the extra inexpensive lineup of Apple’s merchandise. The most affordable iPad can be anticipated to get a refresh this yr and should seem alongside the iPad mini.
Rumors in regards to the iPad mini improve have to date persistently targeted on display screen dimension modifications. Whereas nonetheless protecting the identical bodily dimensions of the pill, the 2021 iPad mini is predicted to sport an 8.4-inch show as a substitute of seven.9 inches, a change that’s made doable by shrinking down the bezels. The Contact ID sensor can be anticipated to be relocated beneath the ability button off to the aspect.
Kuo’s investor be aware additionally touches on Apple’s fabled foldable iPhone, which can nonetheless not be making an look this yr. As an alternative, the analyst forecasts that the corporate will launch the machine in 2023 the place it’s anticipated to ship 15 to twenty million items. Kuo claims that the machine can have an 8-inch show however doesn’t say a lot about its design.