While once we were accustomed to 4 or 5-inch smartphones, phone screens have become increasingly larger in recent years. And due to that, small tablets like the iPad mini might now feel unnecessary for many users. But
, suggesting that there is still a market for the 7.9-inch tablet.
And while Apple released no new small tablets in 2020, in November of that year we started hearing rumors about a next iteration in the iPad mini line, which could possibly also end up being the last iPad mini to ever be released – iPad mini 6. Below is everything we know about the iPad mini 6 (2021) as of right now.
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Apple iPad mini 6 release date
The surprise iPad Mini 5 release occurred on March 18, 2019. Based on that, currently our predictions for the release date of iPad mini 6 are for early 2021, possibly sometime in April. According to a November 2020 leak and as mentioned earlier, this may be the last iPad mini to be released, as a rumored foldable iPhone could potentially take its place in 2022.
Apple iPad mini 6 price and storage options
Currently, there’s no information to suggest a price increase for the iPad mini 6. Unless it gets a major redesign, which is very unlikely, the iPad mini 6 will most likely cost as much as the previous generation iPad mini and have the exact same storage options:
- $399 for 64GB WiFi iPad Mini
- $549 for 256GB WiFi iPad Mini
- $529 for 64GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Mini
- $679 for 256GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Mini
Apple iPad mini 6 design and display
The iPad mini 6 is unlikely to get a redesign, though a larger display over the mini 5 (shown here) is possible
An early Twitter leaker
claimed that an iPad mini 6 prototype existed, sporting a larger 8.5-inch Liquid Retina display, as opposed to the iPad mini 5’s 7.9-inch Retina display. An increase in display size might suggest a redesign for the mini 6, or at the very least smaller top and bottom bezels, which would let the display be larger without increasing the iPad’s overall body size.
Another rumor from around the same time suggested that the first mini-LED iPads are on their way. The rumor in question, by TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, said that the first mini-LED screen iPad will be getting mass-produced in the first half of 2021. Among the supposedly-upcoming mini-LED iPads, named was a 7.9-inch iPad mini. This leak seems more plausible than the previous one, as Apple has shown to be reluctant in redesigning iPads, but it can upgrade the iPad mini’s display technology, in order to rival OLED. A mini-LED display for the iPad mini 6 would result in improved contrast and image quality.
Supporting the idea of absolutely no design changes for the 2021 iPad mini 6, in early April we saw what were allegedly 2021 iPad Pro and 2021 iPad mini model dummies, shown below. If those images (courtesy of Sonny Dickson
) are to be believed, the iPad mini 6 will indeed be exactly like the iPad mini 5.
Alleged dummy models of the iPad mini 6 (right) and the 2021 iPad Pros
Alleged dummy models of the iPad mini 6 (left) and the 2021 iPad Pros
In late January of 2021, a leak coming from David Kowalski and Pigtou alleged that the iPad mini 6 will have in-screen Touch ID and a punch-hole camera. At least currently, a major redesign like doesn’t realistically seem likely for the iPad mini, especially considering that the leak suggests Apple choosing a punch-hole camera over its signature notch. In any case, the leak was accompanied with the following renders, showing what the iPad mini 6 could be like:
But again, a redesign like that is very unlikely and this is all but a fun concept. In reality, as mentioned earlier, the 2021 iPad mini 6 will likely not see any notable design changes over its predecessor.
Apple iPad mini 6 specifications
According to the above-mentioned leaks and based on Apple’s upgrade history, we can expect the following specs for the iPad mini 6:
- 7.9-inch LED True Tone display (2048 x 1536 resolution, 326 pixels-per-inch)
- A13 or A14 bionic chip with 4GB of RAM
- 64GB or 256GB of storage
- Apple Pencil support
- 8MP main camera, 7MP FaceTime camera
- Stereo speakers
Apple iPad mini 6 software and features
The iPad mini 6 will be running iPadOS 14 out the box, to be updated to iPadOS 15 later in the year. As this iPad will also support the Apple Pencil, users will be able to take advantage of major iPadOS 14 features such as Scribble. Scribble lets users write with the Apple Pencil in any text field, for example in the Safari app, as opposed to using a physical or on-screen keyboard.
Additionally, iPadOS 14 brings an improved Safari browser with enhanced privacy features, and redesigned home screen widgets.