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New leaks purport to raise, then dash, hopes for an iPad Mini 6 with a mini-LED display

An iPad Mini 6 render. (Source: FrontPageTech)
An iPad Mini 6 render. (Source: FrontPageTech)
The media outlet DigiTimes has released a report alleging that Apple has ordered up-to-date mini-LED panels for the upcoming 2021 iPad Mini. This new display tech is also found in the latest and most premium iPad Pro, and might thus represent a significant upgrade for its more affordable counterpart. However, a second tip has lost little time in shooting this rumor down.

Apple is projected to launch a new iPad Mini - most likely to be called the 6 - by the end of 2021. It is rumored to benefit from an A15 Bionic chipset and USB type C. Now, a Taiwanese industry blog claims yet another potentially important spec bump for the possibly ~9-inch slate.

It claims that Apple has ordered the appropriate backlights, not just for upcoming MacBook Pros with the spec in question, but for iPad Minis as well. Therefore, if true, this might boost display quality for this sub-series of tablets considerably.

However, a second tipster, Ross Young of the Display Supply Chain Consultant (DSCC) group responded to this new leak on Twitter, asserting that DigiTimes was inaccurate in its claim and that there will be no iPad Minis with Pro-like displays in 2021.

On the other hand, Young has offered nothing to support his putative debunking, whereas DigiTimes has more alleged details to cite, at least. It points to Radiant Optoelectronics as the supplier of the mini-LED panels in question.

Then again, it also notes that the company will not send these orders to Apple until "the third quarter", suggesting that, should this refer to 2021, devices with these parts just might not make it onto shelves in the same year after all.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-24 (Update: 2021-07-24)