According to 9to5, Apple’s upcoming iPad mini is codenamed ‘J310’ and runs on the corporate’s newest A15 processor. Moreover, the revamped iPad mini will reportedly sport a USB-C port and the magnetic Smart Connector featured on different iPad fashions.
If Apple does embody the A15 chip within the upcoming iPad mini, that will be a big energy bump. First, that will imply the refreshed iPad mini can be on par with the subsequent iPhone line — seemingly the iPhone 13 collection. The present iPad mini sports activities an A12 chip, which launched within the iPhone XS in 2018.
Further, 9to5‘s sources indicated a more powerful A15X will arrive for other iPad models. Although it isn’t clear which fashions, my guess can be both an up to date iPad Air that strikes from the A14 to the alleged A15X, or possibly a refreshed iPad (the present mannequin additionally runs on the A12).
Speaking of a refreshed iPad, 9to5 says Apple does have one within the works. Codenamed ‘J181,’ it could undertake an identical design to the iPad Air 3 from 2019. Disappointingly, 9to5 reviews that the brand new entry-level iPad would sport an A13 chip as a substitute of an A15 or A15X. Considering that this model of the iPad is Apple’s most reasonably priced one, that’s not an entire shock, however I’d prefer to see it arrive with one thing a bit of extra highly effective below the hood.
The iPad mini’s rumoured transfer to USB-C doesn’t shock me. It’d make sense for Apple to have all its iPads utilizing the identical connector for equipment. Likewise, it’ll be good to see the Smart Connector come to the iPad mini since that seemingly means Apple will roll out Smart Connector-compatible equipment for it.
These new iPad mini particulars compound earlier rumours, together with a June Bloomberg report from the dependable Mark Gurman. That report detailed plans to slim the bezels on the iPad mini and take away the house button. Shortly after, leaker Jon Prosser from the FrontPageTech YouTube channel (and now web site) shared renders of what the brand new iPad mini might seem like.
If all these rumours are correct, the iPad mini may very well be a really thrilling launch from Apple later this 12 months. I’ve had a smooth spot for the iPad mini for some time, and the thought of a brand new mannequin with a contemporary design and highly effective processor has me very excited.