An alleged image of upcoming iPad mini-dummy cases shows the same design as the iPad mini 5, while those for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro appear to have a reduced camera bump.
As expectations increase that a new iPad Pro may be revealed soon, a longtime leaker has shown pictures of dummy chassis designs. In addition to dummies for both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the photos have what is believed to be the next iPad mini.
Updated iPad pros and iPad Mini-dummies. Triple Camera array on the pros. Central camera on top of iPad mini; a little thicker. Difficult to tell and different in screen size. pic.twitter.com/5Luizv1T2r
– Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) April 8, 2021
Leaker Sonny Dickson says these are dummy devices, so there is no screen to turn on yet. This makes it uncertain to determine the width of the frame – but it seems that both the iPad Pro and iPad mini updates do not have any marked redesign.
A potential exception to this is that the two iPad Pro dummies show all the correct ports, except for the Smart Connector. The standard Smart Connector is not visible in the pictures in the usual place, nor is it supposedly moved to any other place on the cabinet. Magic Keyboard requires this connector, so it seems unlikely to have been affected by the design.
Other features, such as a Thunderbolt USB-C port versus a USB 3.1 Type C port and a faster processor expected for the model, are obviously not able to appear on a dummy that is probably meant for the case.
Separately, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro dummy appears to have a less pronounced rear camera bump, compared to the 11-inch dummy or the current delivery models.
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