Next-generation Apple iPad mini coming this fall; 27-inch iMac with M1X or M2X SoC in development
Mark Gurman has offered a few updates regarding new iMac and iPad products. Writing in his Power On newsletter, Gurman stated that the next iPad mini will arrive in fall 2021, the first new release for the series since the 5th generation model in March 2019. Apparently, the upcoming 6th generation model will be the largest redesign in the iPad mini's history.
Specifically, the compact tablet will share its design language with the new iPad Air and the iPad Pro series, which means flat edges, narrower display bezels and possibly even a fingerprint scanner integrated within its power button. The new model could have an 8.5-inch display too, 0.6-inches larger than the iPad mini 5.
In addition, Mark Gurman reports Apple continues to work on a larger iMac equipped with its in-house silicon. Supposedly, Apple is trialling M1X or M2X SoCs, which Gurman has detailed previously. This device is intended to replace the 27-inch iMac, albeit while retaining its display size.
Unfortunately, this new 27-inch iMac will not arrive until after the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. According to current rumours, Apple may announce these in October or November, so it may be early 2022 before a larger ARM-based iMac turns up.