Rumors suggest that Apple will release updated versions of the iPad mini and iPad Pro models in the first half of the year, potentially as soon as this month, and a new leak today has given us a possible preview of what to expect when it comes to devices. overall design and camera views.
Tech leaker and Apple blogger Sonny Dickson this morning shared photos on Twitter showing dummy versions of the upcoming 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and an updated iPad mini 6. Dummies are usually based on CAD forms retrieved from the Chinese supply chain. , and is often used to assist caseworkers before the official disclosure.
Perhaps the biggest talking point in the photos is the look of the iPad mini, which seems to have the same overall design of the previous model, complete with Home button and thick frames at the top and bottom, although Dickson suggests that the device looks “a bit “thicker. ”
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will launch a new iPad mini that can measure in at 8.5 to 9 inches, and BloombergMark Gurman has similarly said that the next iPad mini will have a larger screen. However, whether the increased screen will mean a larger iPad mini or a bezel reduction has remained unclear, and it is difficult to say the exact size of the dummy in the photos.
Japanese site Mac Otakara has claimed that the iPad mini 6 will have an 8.4-inch screen with slimmer frames and a design similar to the iPad Air 3. But it also claims that the new model will continue to have a Touch ID Home button and a lightning port, and is therefore not expected to reflect the major design changes seen on the iPad Air and iPad Pro.
That said, Kuo believes Apple is working on a new iPad mini with a mini-LED screen, which could be the same iPad mini that gets an increase in size. Again, however, it is not clear if it is the same iPad mini that is pictured in these photos.
On iPad Pro dolls, the new models appear to have the same dual-lens camera as the LiDAR scanner. However, the camera bump on the 12.9-inch model looks smaller than on the 11-inch model. Rumor has it that the protrusion of the individual lenses in the camera module will be reduced, but the camera is still expected to protrude.
Meanwhile, the reduced-frame designs appear to mirror the current models, blocking the Smart Connector, which is mysteriously missing at the bottom of the 12.9-inch model. Dickson has confirmed to MacRumors that the connector does not appear elsewhere on the dummy, and it is difficult to know if the omission is intentional or an error. Other than that, it’s difficult to tell the exact screen sizes and dimensions of the iPad Pro models from the photos, but no major design changes are expected.
Gurman has said that new iPad Pro models will have an updated A14X processor that is “on par” with the M1 chip in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, along with better cameras. A mini-LED screen will be included with “at least” the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with screen upgrade that provides improved brightness and contrast ratio. This is in line with other rumors we have heard, and most of the information suggests that the upgraded screen technology will be limited to 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple has reportedly tested iPad pros with a Thunderbolt connector that will make them compatible with additional external monitors, hard drives and peripherals, plus it provides faster data sync speeds, but it is unclear if the feature will be included in the latest 2021 models. . Apple’s Macs have featured Thunderbolt technology for many years now, but current iPad Pro and iPad Air models have standard USB-C ports.
We are still waiting to hear specific details about a possible April event from Apple, but Gurman has claimed that the company plans to announce new iPads already this month, including new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. Whether they arrive via press release or are announced at a digital event remains to be seen.