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iPad mini 6 renders showcase Apple's next budget tablet with a punch-hole camera

The iPad mini 6 looks a lot like the iPad Pro series. (Image source: Pigtou & @xleaks7)
The iPad mini 6 looks a lot like the iPad Pro series. (Image source: Pigtou & @xleaks7)
The sixth-generation iPad mini has been rumoured for a while now, which is unsurprising considering Apple released the iPad mini 5 in March 2019. New CAD renders have provided a detailed look at the iPad mini 6 though, and its design is a departure from its predecessor.
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A successor to the iPad mini 5 has seemingly been in the pipeline for a while now, with rumours about a successor having taken shape last year. Now, Pigtou and @xleaks7 have published renders of what they have called the iPad mini 6. According to the two, the renders have been based on leaked CAD drawings of the tablet, so they should be reasonably accurate representations of Apple's final product.

A punch hole would be unusual though, and seems an un-Apple thing to do. The pair have released multiple accurate smartphone leaks in the past, including the Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 12, so we would not rule this one out yet. Apparently, the iPad mini 6 will have a 9.15-inch display, but its high screen-to-body ratio means that the tablet will only measure 203.2 x 134.8 mm. Additionally, the tablet will only be 6.25 mm thick.

Pigtou and @xleaks7 believe that Apple will integrate a Touch ID fingerprint scanner within the tablet's display, which would be another first. It is unclear how Apple will do this though, because it means one of two things. On the one hand, Apple could equip the iPad mini 6 with an OLED screen, which would be a premium screen technology than it uses in the iPad Pro. On the other hand, an LCD screen would need a cut-out for a built-in fingerprint scanner, which may look unsightly.

Past rumors have also suggested that the iPad mini 6 will support the Apple Pencil and will utilise a USB Type-C port, but these renders do not offer a confirmation about these aspects. Similarly, the iPad mini 6 is expected to arrive with an A14 Bionic SoC, although it is unclear when Apple's next budget tablet will debut.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-21 (Update: 2021-01-21)