KEY POINTS

  • Apple is expected to launch the iPad Mini 6 in the fall
  • The iPad Mini 6 will feature smaller bezels and a larger screen
  • The next-generation iPad Mini will feature the XDR Retina display

The iPad Mini 6 may not be released until the second half of 2021, an Apple analyst said. Appleā€™s next generation of tablets were rumored to be rolled out during the April Spring Loaded event.

A note sent to investors by Ming-Chi Kuo also suggested that the first-ever Apple 8-inch foldable phone was expected to arrive by 2023, reported 9to5 Mac.

Apple was expected to introduce a refreshed iPad mini as it unveiled the M1 chip-powered iPad Pro line up with XDR Retina mini-LED display, The Digitimes reported.

Supply restraints may have contributed to the delay, MacRumors reported.

In May 2020, Kuo hinted that Apple is planning to release a 9-inch display iPad Mini. He said the refreshed Apple tablet could come with an almost similar size as the iPad Air. Yet the next-generation iPad Mini will feature smaller bezels to enable wider screens.

A hint from Japan's Macotara confirmed the smaller bezels, saying that the iPad Mini 6 will come with an 8.4-inch display. That means the next generation Apple mini-tablet will be half an inch wider than the current 7.9-inch iPad Mini 5.

Reports also suggest that the upcoming iPad Mini 6 will not jump into the USB-C port, yet will retain the current iPad Mini 5 lightning port. The Touch ID will be noticeably moved to the side button due to the smaller bezel design.

The analyst added that Apple could release the iPad Mini 6 with the current XDR Retina technology. Users may expect the bright image and deeper black output as the next-generation iPad will use the mini-LED display.

There are still no hint on how much the upcoming iPad Mini 6 will be sold for in the market. The iPad Mini 5 currently sells at $399 for a 64GB configuration.

Apple iPad Air and Mini Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini. Photo: Apple/Press Release