There’s a possibility that today’s California Streaming event is, well, very streamlined. We know we’ll see the iPhone 13 lineup debut later today, and the Apple Watch Series 7 is a safe bet as well. What’s up in the air, though, is whether or not we’ll see any new iPad models showcased today, or if we’ll see the third-generation AirPods for that matter.
Whatever happens, we don’t have long to wait. And a new report from Gizmodo Japan seems to give us some insight into Apple’s plans regarding the oft-rumored iPad mini 6. The publication spotted a now-removed Amazon storefront listing for a Elecom glass screen protector for a “small” iPad with an all-screen design. Which would mean it’s similar to the new iPad Air and the iPad Pro models, with drastically reduced screen bezels.
According to that listing, the new iPad mini will boast an 8.38-inch display. If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve heard similar rumors in the past, putting the redesigned iPad mini at 8.3 inches for its screen. This appears to be the most specific size for the upcoming tablet to date, which could lend credence to its credibility.
The current iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display, but with the significant bezels in place and a physical Home button for good measure. This new iPad mini would keep a similar size footprint, more than likely, but with the reduced bezels feature a larger display overall.
The Amazon product page gave another hint: October 20. That’s when the new glass screen protector was supposed to launch. That could mean the new iPad mini is going to arrive sometime around that date (a screen protector’s release date does not need to correspond with the new tablet’s launch by any means). But, of course, nothing is officially official right now.
Apple’s California Streaming event kicks off at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET today. Will we see new iPad models? Maybe! We’ll just have to wait and see how it shakes out.