Apple may launch a ‘Professional’ model of the iPad Mini within the second half of 2021. Based on a brand new report revealed by Korean weblog Naver (by way of 9to5Mac), the iPad Mini Professional will sport a 8.7-inch Liquid Retina show and a close to bezel-less design.
So as to add gasoline to the fireplace, Slovakian weblog SvetApple has launched the snazzy idea render pictured above. It imagines how the iPad Mini Professional may look, full with Professional-style aluminium case, Face ID, 12MP HDR digicam, Apple Pencil 2 assist and USB-C socket for quick charging.
It definitely seems the half – however is there any reality to both of those rumours? Properly, Korean weblog Naver claims that Apple has already prototyped the iPad Mini Professional, and that the machine is about to start “validation checks” (the ultimate stage earlier than getting the inexperienced mild for mass manufacturing).
We’re not holding our breath. Whereas Apple is tipped to launch a brand new iPad Mini within the first half of 2021 – as quickly as March, in response to some sources – there’s little concrete proof that Apple will comply with up with an iPad Mini Professional within the second half of 2021.
Right now’s rumours additionally contradict what different Apple analysts have mentioned. Dependable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, for instance, ideas the next-gen iPad Mini for an 8.4- to 9-inch display screen measurement however says the design language will stay broadly “the identical”.
In the meantime, a current provide chain hearsay revealed by Japanese website Mac Otakara (by way of 9to5Mac) suggests the brand new iPad Mini will sport an 8.4-inch show and look much like the 2019 iPad Air 3, solely with barely slimmer bezels.
One factor’s for positive: any iPad Mini replace can be lengthy overdue. Apple final refreshed the design of its 7.9-inch pill again in 2015, earlier than including a quicker A12 Bionic chip and a True Tone show in 2019.
The brand new iPad mini is anticipated to launch alongside a brand new iPad Professional. Kuo has even hinted that this yr’s range-topping 12.9-inch iPad Professional may characteristic a Mini LED show. Fingers crossed Apple will not maintain us ready an excessive amount of longer…