The ‘iPad mini 6’ is expected to employ the same A15 processor as the ‘iPhone 13’ series

The ‘iPad mini 6’ is expected to employ the same A15 processor as the ‘iPhone 13’ series

Apple’s sixth-generation iPad mini will borrow the design cues of the iPad Air, a report claims, with it also set to include other changes including a magnetic Smart Connector and USB-C.

The changes for the model, codenamed “J310” according to sources of 9to5Mac, include the claim Apple will use the A15 system-on-chip in the iPad mini. If true, this will give the iPad mini the same chip and potential processing performance as the “iPhone 13” range.

Apple is rumored to be bringing out an updated form of the iPad mini in the fall, in what has previously been described as a major redesign of the tablet. A report on Tuesday doubles down on many of the rumored changes in the overhaul.

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In terms of connectivity, it will apparently lose the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, something which has been previously speculated in earlier leaks. The introduction of a magnetic Smart Connector will also bring the iPad mini in line with the iPad Air and iPad Pro, with Apple apparently planning to introduce compatible accessories for the smaller tablet.

It’s not the only A15 chip on the way, with report sources believing a more powerful “A15X” is in development for other iPad models.

Previous rumors about the iPad mini speculated its specifications as being similar in size to previous models but with a larger 8.4-inch to 9-inch screen, no Home button but retaining Touch ID in the power button, and improved speakers.

Support for the second-generation Apple Pencil has been touted, though there is also speculation that a smaller “Apple Pencil 3” could be on the way.

The report sources also claim there will be a new entry-level iPad on the way, codenamed “J181.” The model will apparently gain a spec bump from the A12 to the A13. Keep up with everything Apple in the weekly AppleInsider Podcast — and get a fast news update from AppleInsider Daily. Just say, “Hey, Siri,” to your HomePod mini and ask for these podcasts, and our latest HomeKit Insider episode too.

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Comments (11)
Forum User firelock firelock said about 18 hours ago
My wife has been wanting to replace her old iPad mini 4 for several months now, but I have to tell her to wait until this update happens. Forum User repressthis repressthis said about 17 hours ago
Wonder if the smart connector means a Smart Keyboard for the first time in the mini’s history?

Forum User MplsP MplsP said about 17 hours ago
repressthis said:
Wonder if the smart connector means a Smart Keyboard for the first time in the mini’s history?
I doubt it – the mini’s size precludes a full sized keyboard. To match the width of the mini the keyboard would have to be significantly reduced, affecting its usability. You could have a Smart Keyboard that’s wider than the iPad and then detach it when you don’t need it, but at that point you might as well get a separate BT keyboard.

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