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Sketched iPad mini 6 leak points against touch ID, punch-hole camera on the screen



Alleged CAD-based renderings of iPad mini 6

David Kowalski has leaked several devices in the last twelve months, including Google Pixel 5, Galaxy Note 20 and iPhone 12 Pro. More recently, he shared reproduces iPad Pro (2021), and now he is back in partnership with Pigtou to share alleged photos of the iPad mini 6. Certain elements in this leak seem very sketchy, though, so be sure to take these alleged CAD-based renderings with a nice pinch of salt.

The iPad mini 6 can offer a hole camera

The sixth-generation iPad mini will introduce a much larger 9.1

-inch screen while retaining almost the same dimensions as its predecessor. To be precise, the thickness has increased by 0.15 mm, but the height and width remain unchanged.

Making this possible are the thin frames that now sit around the screen. Ming-Chi Kuo suggested a 9-inch iPad mini 6 with a screen design in May last year, so the device shown above and below is in line with these predictions.

But things get interesting (and much less credible) when you take a closer look at the panel. Unlike other full-screen iPads, the next-generation iPad introduces the mini punch-hole tech.

It is used for the selfie camera located above the screen, which is the most obvious use case. But Apple has never used this before, and its commitment to uniform frames and notches makes it a strange move.

Of course, this may be the start of a new design language for the company, so the design may well be accurate.

Apple’s next iPad mini may be the first with a touch ID on the screen

The least credible part of these pictures can be found at the bottom of the screen. In particular, the next generation tablet is imaged with a clip for a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

It is unclear if this is for illustrative purposes to confirm the presence of a Touch ID implementation below the screen, such as the one expected in iPhone 12S later this year, or whether Apple is reportedly planning a big cut.

But if the latter is what these renderings entail, it seems extremely unlikely, especially for Apple which tends to avoid unconventional designs at all costs in favor of something simple.

Expect the iPad mini 6 to arrive in the first half of 2021

The iPad mini 6 is expected to arrive in the first half of the year, potentially to an event in late March along with the iPad Pro (2021) line and a third-generation iPhone SE.

It will be powered by the A14 Bionic, which is currently used in the iPhone 12 series, and includes both a lightning port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, both of which are available on the iPad mini 5.

The rest of the tablet’s external package consists of an aluminum part with a small camera on the back, a power button on the top and the volume keys on the left side of the frame.


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