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Apple is expected to launch a sixth-generation iPad mini in the first half of 2021, possibly as soon as this March, based on long-standing rumors. However, a new rumor out of Asia that has gained traction in the last 24 hours suggests an "iPad mini Pro" will arrive in the second half of this year.

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According to a post on Korean blog Naver, whose rumor track record is unknown, the device features an 8.7-inch display, which is housed in a chassis that has an increased width and reduced height compared to the existing iPad mini 5.

This so-called "iPad mini Pro" has allegedly passed Apple's initial R&D and product planning stages of development, and is currently in design "P2" stage, with Apple set to begin design validation tests (DVT) soon. In a typical product roadmap, Apple would then submit it for production validation tests before green-lighting the device for mass production.

In a potentially related rumor, occasional Chinese leaker Kang on Tuesday claimed a "full-screen, smaller-sized iPad" was currently in the P2 design stage and still awaiting engineering validation tests. No further details were given. At any rate, such a device would still need to overcome several hurdles before any launch.

The ‌iPad mini‌ most recently got a refreshed design in 2015 with its fourth iteration. While the device did receive a minor update in 2019 with the A12 Bionic chip, a True Tone display, Bluetooth 5.0, and Apple Pencil support, the ‌iPad mini‌ is considered overdue for an update.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in May 2020 that the next-generation ‌iPad mini‌ will have a display that measures in at 8.5 to 9 inches, up from the current 7.9-inch screen size, while a recent report from Japanese site Mac Otakara, citing supply chain sources in China, said that the next ‌iPad mini‌ will have an 8.4-inch display. Similar 8.x-inch ‌iPad mini‌ sizes have been reported by other sources.

However, unlike the iPad Pro and iPad Air, which have in recent years shed their large bezels and home buttons for a more modern all-screen design, the sixth-generation ‌iPad mini‌ will reportedly stick with its current design language. Mac Otakara's report explains that the ‌iPad mini‌ will enlarge its display by reducing its bezels, but it will look similar to the ‌iPad Air‌ 3, with a Touch ID Home Button, large top and bottom bezels, and a Lightning port.

Mac Otakara believes that this refreshed ‌‌iPad mini‌‌ will see a March launch, so it could perhaps debut at an event later this month, if Apple sticks to recent tradition. This also fits in with Kuo's claim that the next ‌iPad mini‌ will come in the first half of 2021.
Interestingly, Kuo has said in the past that Apple is working on an ‌iPad mini‌ with a mini-LED display, but it seems unlikely that the ‌‌iPad mini‌‌ 6 would gain this significantly upgraded display considering that it has not yet come to any other Apple device. That said, today's "iPad mini Pro" rumor doesn't reference mini-LED at all.

Apple is accelerating adoption of mini-LED in its iPad and Mac notebook lineups, and the iPad Pro is expected to be the first product to get a mini-LED display. Kuo has previously said that production of a mini-LED version of the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ began in the fourth quarter of 2020, with a launch expected in the first half of 2021.

DigiTimes also believes a mini-LED iPad Pro will launch in early 2021, as does Korea's ETNews. Whether or not a mini-LED "iPad mini Pro" will follow, and how such a device would fit into Apple's current iPad lineup, remains to be seen.

Article Link: Sketchy Rumor Claims 'iPad Mini Pro' Launching in Second Half of 2021
 
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LFC2020

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Get your act together apple, big to quiet out there at the moment. Get a event happening or release some products. 🙄
202x - the year of ‘Pro’ products.
calling a mini with a home button pro? 🤔🤦‍♂️

Mini needs to get some more love from apple, like it’s form factor, would definitely buy one, if it had a modern design like the iPad Pro, Face ID and latest chipset.
 
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LFC2020

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Please go back to one annual iPad special event in March/April with all iPads updated annually.

Drip feeding iPad updates at different times in different years is really annoying.
Don’t think they can do that anymore, people don’t upgrade their iPads yearly like they use too. I won’t be upgrading my 2018 pro for at least 2-3 more years.

Looks like what apple is doing is working, leading the pack by a long way when it comes to tablets.

Agree with you though, very frustrating for people who upgrade yearly.
 
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Mc0

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I wonder what changes they are adding to make it a pro devices...
 
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LFC2020

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I wonder what changes they are adding to make it a pro devices...
This leaker sounds like he does t know his head from his ass, doubt they’ll call it pro.

If they do it’ll most likely be because of the chipset (A14)

Reckon they’ll save the pro name for when it gets a redesign and joins the pro models will all the bells and whistles.
 
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chucker23n1

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Tim, you say you miss Steve, maybe you should watch this again

This is of course a bit the Steve brand of dishonesty. Four products was great while they were ailing and needed focus, but it stopped being four products as early as the introduction of the G4 Cube. Or the iPod. Or the Mac mini, the iPhone, the MacBook Air, or the iPad.
 
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Aeronauts

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This is of course a bit the Steve brand of dishonesty. Four products was great while they were ailing and needed focus, but it stopped being four products as early as the introduction of the G4 Cube. Or the iPod. Or the Mac mini, the iPhone, the MacBook Air, or the iPad.
He meant four versions of each product not four products in total. Two consumer devices and two professional devices. Steve was all about keeping it simple.
 
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Seanm87

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Not convinced by this at all. Why make a product they only update every few years suddenly a pro model? It clearly isn't a hot seller otherwise it would be updated every year.
 
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Don’t think they can do that anymore, people don’t upgrade their iPads yearly like they use too. I won’t be upgrading my 2018 pro for at least 2-3 more years.

Looks like what apple is doing is working, leading the pack by a long way when it comes to tablets.

Agree with you though, very frustrating for people who upgrade yearly.
So what? Why do people think if Apple releases a new version they are ought to upgrade, or even Apple excepts everyone to upgrade? New products are to be purchased by people who need a new one so they don't have to buy 2-3 years old designs. You can keep using your 2018 ipad pro for however long you want, regardless of how many upgrades came out.
 
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