If there’s one Apple product that’s due a design refresh, it’s the poor old iPad mini. Last updated in 2019 (with a design from 2015), it’s fair to say that the tiny tablet is looking a little long in the tooth. Many were hoping to see an update during last week’s WWDC event, only to be disappointed. But it seems a new iPad mini could indeed be on the horizon.
According to Apple leaker Jon Prosser, the iPad mini 6 will finally shed the old design in favour of a favour of an iPad Pro-inspired edge-to-edge display. It seems one of our favourite iPad mini concepts from last year could soon become a reality – and it could well become the first iPad Mini to bag a spot on our best drawing tablets list.
According to Prosser’s new Front Page Tech site, the iPad mini is “set to receive the flat treatment, getting the very familiar flat sides and back, as we’ve seen with almost every new Apple product recently”. As Prosser puts it, the diminutive new device will be like an iPad Air 4 – but smaller.
And intriguingly, Prosser also claims that a new Apple Pencil could be on the way too – specifically a smaller model designed just for the iPad mini. While the iPad mini 5 uses the Apple Pencil 1, which connects via the Lighting port, the Apple Pencil 2, designed to snap to the side of the device, could be a little too tall for the mini. With that in mind, a shorter Pencil could make sense. And as we know, Apple has form when it comes to introducing new, expensive iPad accessories – that Magic Keyboard ain’t cheap.
Prosser’s concept looks just like Parker Ortolani’s brilliant iPad mini 6 concept from last year – by which we mean a mini-er iPad Pro. Indeed, an iPad like this could be the ultimate toteable tablet for graphic designers on the move.
damn do I wish they’d make an iPad mini like this pic.twitter.com/y4qYdslDCfJuly 24, 2020
Twitter users loved Ortolani’s concept. “I’d be there day one,” one comments, while another adds: “Not even a question. I’d buy three!” There’s clearly an appetite for an updated iPad Mini – although some have pointed out that if Apple is indeed working on a folding iPhone with a large display, the iPad Mini’s days could eventually be numbered. Whether or not that will become a reality remains to be seen – in the meantime, if you’re looking for a great deal on an iPad, check out our best Apple deals.