The iPad mini has retained that familiar, big bezel iPad design for a long time. But it sounds increasingly like Apple's looking to change things up in the near future. Even before the end of 2021, even.
Apple will update the iPad mini later this year with an overhauled design featuring slimmer bezels and no Home button though it's unclear if the refreshed tablet may adopt Face ID.
Before Apple officially made the switch to a mini-LED display in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, there was a bit of a back-and-forth going on in the rumors department. Some stories said Apple would make the leap to OLED. Others pointed to mini-LED.
And now we know that Apple chose the latter, going with that display technology for its largest and most powerful tablet this year. However, there is still an expectation that Apple's simply biding its time, still planning to adopt an OLED display in at least one iPad model in the near future. Indeed, many believe that switch will happen in 2022.
Apple launched some new hardware back in April, but there's always more on the horizon. The new iPad mini is one of them, along with the oft-rumored foldable iPhone.
We're now just over a week into January, which means the rumor mill is starting to really kick into gear. As such, we're starting to get a picture of what we might expect for new iPad models this year.
Not too long from now, Apple is going to announce new devices. While the majority of the attention will be on the iPhone 12 lineup, there will probably be more to enjoy.
If you are getting ready to upgrade your iPad situation at some point in the future, then you may be keeping tabs on what analysts and rumors are saying about two upcoming models, the 10.8-inch iPad and 8.5-inch iPad mini.
The rumor mill is telling us we should be expecting small redesigns for the iPad Air and iPad mini, and that Apple is working on an iMac with an iPad Pro design aesthetic. But we may have to wait a bit longer before these new devices actually launch.
The next iPad Air should become the second Apple tablet to swap the company's proprietary Lightning port with the more ubiquitous USB-C protocol. At the same time, the upcoming iPad mini refresh should retain Lightning I/O.
If you believe the rumor mill, Apple is still working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, lovingly called Apple Glasses right now, and they could debut in the next couple of years.
There have been rumors swirling around for quite some time that Apple is planning to switch to mini-LED display designs for future products. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is here to keep those fires burning.
Apple's registered a pair of unreleased iPads bearing the model identifiers A2200 and A2232, running iPadOS, suggesting launch this fall. Earlier this month, five other identifiers referring to unreleased iPad models were added to the Eurasian Economic Commission database.