We’re almost two years on from when the iPad Mini received an update – and its successor is rumoured to be arriving very soon.
Here at Trusted Reviews the iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro and the iPad Mini have claimed four of the seven spots in our best tablets roundup, and we can’t see any Android rivals taking over anytime soon. So, there’s a lot riding on this new iteration of the iPad Mini.
Apple used to update its iPad Mini more regularly, but 2019’s update was the first we saw in four years and it hasn’t seen a design shift in a lot longer.
Keep reading to discover everything we know about the iPad Mini 6 so far, including when it will launch, how much it will cost and the specs the tablet will pack. Don’t forget to bookmark this page, too, as we’ll update it as more leaks and rumours come in.
iPad Mini 6 (8.5-inches) release date and price – When will the tablet be available?
- Did not appear at the Spring Loaded event
- The latest leaks suggest a release coming later in 2022
We expect the iPad Mini 6 to launch sometime in 2021. The latest leaks suggest that a release later on in the year is on the cards. This news comes from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, who has a good record when it comes to Apple news.
We saw the iPad Air 4 and the iPad 8 launch late last year, so we know it’s a time of the year where new iPad models often hit.
As far as price is concerned, right now we’re looking at the previous model as a guide. You can nab the current-gen iPad Mini for £399/$399 (you can see some live prices in the box below) for the basic 64GB model.
A 256GB version is available, too, as is one with cellular connectivity. We’d anticipate a price rise for the new model if some of the rumours below turn out to be true – but we still think it will be a mid-price slate.
iPad Mini 6 design – A new size with familiar looks
- Dummy models show a very similar look
- The display might be slightly bigger
Perhaps the most exciting rumour we’ve heard so far is that the iPad Mini 6 could come in a new, slightly larger size. For reference, the current Mini 5 features a 7.9-inch display. Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) predicts that the display size will be either 8.5 or 9 inches.
An 8.4-inch display has more recently been suggested by Mac Otakara (via MacRumors). According to sources, the design will be similar to the iPad Air 3 and will include a Touch ID home button and Lightning port.
However, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg has said that the updated iPad Mini will have narrower display borders (like the iPad Air and Pro) and that a version without the home button has been tested.
The move doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have to squeeze a larger tablet into our bags, since Apple has increased the display sizes of its iPads in the past by simply slimming down the bezel. We expect the Mini 6 to more closely resemble the latest iPad Pros, allowing the tablet to retain the compact dimensions with a bigger, more spacious screen.
Our best idea at what the next iPad Mini might look like comes from a leak of dummy units of the new tablets. They show off a tablet that looks virtually identical to the older model, with the Touch ID button still very much present.
iPad Mini 6 specs and features – What else do we know?
- Expect Apple Pencil support
- Little else is known about possible specs
Little else is known about the iPad Mini 6 at this stage, even though it makes sense for it to follow previous iPads and include the same internal chip as the iPad and iPad Air. As a guide, the current iPad Air is powered by the A14 Bionic, which also sits inside the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
Depending on where Apple hopes to position this device price-wise, it could either opt for the A14 Bionic or possibly reuse an A13 model. Either way, we assume this will be a nippy tablet.
Apple Pencil support was added for the iPad Mini 5 and we expect it to remain, hopefully with support for the second-gen Apple Pencil that charges wirelessly. A keyboard folio accessory would be welcome, although whether it would work as well on a far smaller tablet remains a question.
Another rumour suggests the iPad Mini 6 might stick with the Lightning port, rather than jumping to the USB-C standard found across the iPad Pro range.
If the iPad Mini 6 does arrive in early 2021 then it will come running iOS 14.