There have been rumors swirling around for a bit that Apple is ready to redesign the iPad mini. A bold change for the small tablet. And now another report aims to tell us that the upcoming tablet will have one more change to the design.
A redesigned iPad mini has been in the works for quite some time if the rumor mill is to be believed. As far as what’s new, the small tablet is said to start with a significant reduction to the bezels. Something the smaller mobile device has certainly needed for quite some time.
Beyond that, the new iPad mini, which would be the sixth-generation model, is also said to be adopting a USB-C port, boast a Touch ID-enabled power button, a Smart Connector to support new accessories, and an A15 processor under the hood. So, quite a bit!
Today DigiTimes has a preview of an upcoming story, which outlines Apple manufacturing partner Radiant Optoelectronics future plans for upcoming shipments. Specifically, the report’s preview says the company will start shipments of its backlight units for Apple’s iPad mini –and the new MacBook Pro– beginning in the third quarter of this year.
Per the preview:
Radiant Optoelectronics will kick off shipments of its backlight units for the upcoming mini LED-backlit MacBook Pro and iPad mini later in the third quarter, with the shipments to expand in volume in the fourth quarter, according to industry sources.
Mini-LED offers notable benefits compared to a standard LCD display, the panel that’s currently installed in the iPad mini. If the sixth-gen iPad mini does adopt this screen technology, it will offer deeper blacks, better contrast, and overall higher brightness. Apple adopted mini-LED display technology in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which saw plenty of praise (despite blooming).
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said in the past the iPad mini will indeed adopt a mini-LED screen, but that expectation was for sometime in 2020. That obviously did not pan out. But the rumors have a redesigned tablet still persist. And with this latest addition to the cycle, it sounds like the iPad mini could be an exiting new entry in Apple’s tablet lineup.
If Apple does bring these changes to the new iPad mini, will you pick one up?