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New Apple iPad mini 6 renders leak with an overhauled design, Smart Keyboard support and a USB Type-C port

The next-generation iPad mini will, reputedly, look like the current iPad Air. (Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
The next-generation iPad mini will, reputedly, look like the current iPad Air. (Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
According to a report, Apple has settled on the design for its next iPad mini. The so-called iPad mini 6 contains numerous changes from the current model, including a more modern design, an Apple A14 Bionic SoC and an optional 5G modem. Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support are also due for the upcoming tablet.
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In January, Pigtou & @xleaks7 published renders for the iPad mini 6, a tablet that they claimed would measure 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.25 mm. Apparent dummy units seemingly rubbished these renders, which included a punch-hole display, an in-display Touch ID sensor and a much higher screen-to-body ratio than the current iPad mini. Subsequently, Mark Gurman stated that Apple would release a redesigned iPad mini this year, contradicting Dickson.

Now, Jon Prosser has published renders for what he claims is the iPad mini 6. Apparently, he and Ian Zelbo have based these renders on leaked CAD files, and several hands-on photos that they have been shown. According to Prosser, the iPad mini 6 measures 206.3 x 137.8 x 6.1 mm, a smidge larger than the measurements offered by Pigtou & @xleaks7. Additionally, Prosser asserts that Apple has relocated Touch ID to within the power button, while a small front-facing camera sits beneath the slimmer top bezel.

Moreover, Prosser believes that the iPad mini 6 has a USB Type-C port, stereo speakers and an optional 5G modem courtesy of its A14 Bionic SoC. A smaller Apple Pencil is supposedly in development, too. The tablet also has a Smart Connector, presumably for a Smart Keyboard Folio or a Smart Keyboard. Prosser expects Apple to launch the iPad mini 6 towards the end of 2021 in three colours.

(Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
(Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
(Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
(Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
(Image source: FrontPageTech & Ian Zelbo)
 
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Alex Alderson, 2021-06-14 (Update: 2021-06-14)