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Leaked iPad mini 6 specifications point to Apple's tablet being a smaller version of the iPad Air 4 with an 8.5-inch display

The iPad mini 6 will reputedly feature a new design from the iPad mini 5, pictured. (Image source: Apple)
The iPad mini 6 will reputedly feature a new design from the iPad mini 5, pictured. (Image source: Apple)
The first details about the iPad mini 6 are here, and it is shaping up to be a smaller iPad Air 4. Apparently, Apple is prototyping the iPad mini 6 with an 8.5-inch display, an A14 Bionic chipset and 4 GB of RAM. A USB Type-C port has been included too, as has support for the Apple Pencil 2.
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Apple has refreshed plenty of iPads in the last eighteen months, but the mini is not one of them. Apple launched the mini in 2012, with new models following every autumn until 2015 with the iPad mini 4. The company then took a break until March 2019 when it released the iPad mini 5, so one would be forgiven for thinking that Apple had abandoned its mini line altogether. @000leaker claims that this is not the case, though.

Apparently, Apple is currently prototyping the iPad mini 6, and it is a big upgrade from the iPad mini 5@000leaker suggests that there may be other prototypes, so the final iPad mini 6 could differ slightly from the one detailed here. The same account claims that the iPad mini 6 will have an 8.5-inch Liquid Retina display in a 'boxy design', along with an A14 Bionic chipset and 4 GB of RAM. The tablet will support the Apple Pencil 2 too and will have a USB Type-C port, instead of Apple's proprietary Lightning connector.

If those specifications sound familiar, then that is because Apple has reputedly taken the hardware from the iPad Air 4 and put it in a smaller chassis. The iPad mini 6 will supposedly have the same cameras as the iPad Air 2 too, although it will retain the speakers from the iPad mini 5. There is no word on a release date yet though, nor how much the iPad mini 6 will cost.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-11 (Update: 2020-11-11)