He ipad mini seventh generation could be launched this year, according to DigiTimes. The data comes from a report on the tablet market where special emphasis is placed on the demand for the iPad, which showed falls in the first two quarters of 2023. However, the aforementioned media affirms that the device will begin to regain traction with the introduction of a “new small model” in the last quarter of the year.
Like everything that is linked to Apple launches, it is information that should be taken with a grain of salt. So far, a hypothetical renewal of the iPad mini has gone practically unnoticed among leakers and analysts. However, it does not sound crazy, considering that its most recent version was introduced in 2021, during the iPhone 13 event.
It is worth mentioning, however, that although the launch of an iPad mini this year should not be completely ruled out, The case presents several contradictions. And this prevents you from getting too excited about its hypothetical presentation.
Earlier this year, Mark Gurman said that Apple was not ruling out giving a “little push” to the specifications table for the iPad Air and mini. Although in July he indicated that those from Cupertino were focused on the sixth generation of the Air.
On the other hand, Ming-Chi Kuo recently shared a less optimistic scenario. Days before the presentation of the iPhone 15, the analyst posted on X (Twitter) that it was “unlikely” that Apple would present new iPads before the end of the year. Although he did not specify if he was referring to the catalog of tablets in general or to a particular model.
Will we see a seventh-generation iPad mini in 2023?
Some initial rumors indicated that a seventh generation of the iPad mini, along with the renewed iPad Air, could see the light in October along with the first Macs with M3 chip. In any case, there are still no certainties in this regard.
Assuming Apple is indeed working on a new version of its smallest tablet, its possible specifications are still a mystery. If the company is betting on a “small push” in its specifications, it is logical to think that the most important change could be in your processor.
The iPad mini today uses the A15 Bionic chip that debuted with the iPhone 13. So it would be interesting to see what path Apple would take in the event of a hypothetical renewal. Would they continue with the processors inherited from their line of smartphones or would they choose to bring this model to Apple Silicon?
Currently, the iPad Air uses an M1 processor and is rumored to be upgrading to an M2. Therefore, it would not be strange for the company to continue with this evolutionary strategy and give the iPad mini with an M1 chip. After all, it already included the other notable improvements that this device could expect in the 2021 version: a larger screen (8.3 inches), USB-C port and support for second-generation Apple Pencil.
It remains to be seen what approach those from Cupertino take, if they really decide to update the iPad mini this year. Let us remember that the device today is offered in two versions—WiFi only and WiFi + Cellular—and with two storage alternatives: 64 GB or 256 GB. The cheapest version is available in Spain from 649.70 euroswhile the one with the greatest internal space is sold from 849.70 euros.