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iPad Air as a role model: Apple’s smallest tablet is coming of age

by Joseph Richard
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One of the most renowned insiders is currently interfering in the rumors about a new Apple tablet and virtually confirms our hopes for the coming before December. In 2021, there will be a new iPad, similar to the iPad Air but a whole lot smaller.

Speculation has been going on for a long time, but now Bloomberg’s Apple expert Mark Gurman, known for his correct predictions, confirms Apple’s work on a new, small iPad. According to him, the tablet, which is expected to be marketed as “iPad mini”, will be presented and sold before December 2021 (source: Bloomberg).

New iPad mini takes an example from Apple’s iPad Air

With the upcoming 6th generation of the iPad mini, the smallest tablet in Apple’s portfolio is growing beyond itself, you could say it’s really coming of age. Gurman not only confirms the existence of the device, but also a completely new design. We can expect narrower bezels, a slightly larger display (8.4 instead of 7.9 inches) and more power. According to Gurman, we can expect the biggest redesign of the tablet since the first generation in 2022. There is a good reason for this.

Apple insider Jon Prosser shone with similar predictions in June. He anticipated Gurman’s statements and presented us with matching concept images of the new iPad mini. They show a current iPad Air, just smaller. Thus, the Luftikus apparently serves as a model for Apple’s smallest tablet.

Apple’s new design language

In the end, Apple made a consistent decision. We remember: Originally, the iPhone manufacturer introduced the new design language (flat edges, full-frame display without home button) with the iPad Pro of the 2018 model year, last year the iPad Air got the new design, so 2021 would be Apple’s smallest tablet on the turn. But there is a special feature: The Air dispenses with Face ID (Apple’s face recognition), instead relies on Touch ID in the power button. Something similar should probably await us with the iPad mini 6.

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