Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to launch a new iPad Mini this fall, the biggest iteration in its nine-year history. The new device will have thinner bezels, a larger screen and faster performance. It is also said that the new design of the iPad Mini will be a precedent for the iPad Air, which was released last year. Thus, a big change may be at the door for the iPad Small, whose design has remained quite balanced since its first introduction in 2012.
Rumors last month about Apple’s smallest tablet, the iPad Small, indicated that the “Home” button could be removed to allow the tablet to have thinner bezels. Today’s news confirms this rumor. Also, since the new design is said to have an iPad Air style design, a Touch ID sensor built into the side-mounted power button may also be included in the revised design. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said last year that Apple’s next iPad Mini will have its usual 7.9-inch screen, which will grow to 8.5 to 9 inches in the new design. Kuo also stated that the iPad Mini will have a small LED display, similar to the iPad Pro. Revamped designs may prove these rumors.
The new iPad Small will feature a faster A12 processor. In addition, the design also has the distinction of being the 6th generation design of the tablet, following the 2019 design that added reinforcements for the Apple Pencil stylus. Gurman also states that Apple is working on a new iMac. The new iMac will have a larger screen than the 24-inch model and will come with Apple Silicon. The device will thus replace the current Intel 27-inch model.