When Apple introduced the iPad mini of the sixth generation in September 2021, it was the very first time in the device’s whole history that it underwent a significant overhaul. When is Apple anticipated to introduce the iPad mini of the seventh generation?
Although Apple released new versions of the iPad mini annually from 2012 to 2016, subsequent upgrades have been less regular, with the most recent being a minor update in March 2019 and a complete redesign not expected until 2021. A hardware refresh in the year 2023 is not guaranteed because the gadget in question appears to be staying on the market for an increasingly longer period of time between updates. However, the seventh generation’s iPad mini is being discussed and speculated about the most to be released this year.
Few speculations have been able to substantiate the upcoming iPad mini; nevertheless, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has stated that an upgrade with a “spec bump” of a lesser degree is not out of the question this year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo anticipates that the seventh-generation iPad will begin bulk shipments either at the end of 2023 or in the first part of 2024. Therefore, a launch could occur this year, but the beginning of 2024 is the most likely scenario.
At this time, Apple’s A15 Bionic chip may be found inside the iPad mini. Even though it has a slightly lower clock speed, the A15 Bionic processor gives the iPad mini the same level of performance as the iPhone 13 small, the iPhone 13, the iPhone SE of the third generation, the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus, and the Apple TV 4K of the third generation. It is anticipated that these six products equipped with the A15 processor will remain on sale until 2023, which indicates that the chip will most likely continue to be prevalent across all of Apple’s product ranges.
Consequently, the chip hardware included in the iPad mini will be relatively up-to-date this year. There is no pressing need to update the gadget this year due to the availability of features such as compatibility with the Apple Pencil of the second generation and Center Stage. It is not obvious what other features a new model could have except a more recent processor like the A16 Bionic and more powerful camera technology.
Apple has no plans to release any significant iPad hardware updates in 2023. Although Apple may release some new iPad models this year, the current situation suggests this is unlikely. On the other hand, 2024 is shaping up to be a year that will be significantly more significant for the iPad lineup.
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