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Apple’s seventh-generation iPad mini is reportedly on the horizon, as revealed by the renowned leaker “ShrimpApplePro.” The tech world is buzzing with excitement as rumors surface about the upcoming device, alongside juicy details about the Apple Watch Series 9 and second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, all disclosed in a captivating thread of tweets.
While concrete information is still scarce, hints suggest that at least one new iPad model is in development, likely the highly anticipated seventh-generation iPad mini. Earlier this year, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman hinted at a possible update, with a minor “spec bump” in the works. Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected Apple analyst, chimes in, predicting that mass production of the seventh-gen iPad mini may kick off in the first quarter of 2024.
The fact that ShrimpApplePro mentioned the next-generation iPad mini alongside the forthcoming Apple Watch models indicates that the small tablet’s launch might be sooner than anticipated. We eagerly await further details from the leaker in the coming days.
Among the anticipated upgrades, a chip enhancement seems to be the most likely feature for the next iPad mini. Reports suggest that the A15 Bionic chip currently powering the device could see an upgrade to either the A16 Bionic or A17 Bionic chips, the same ones expected to grace the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro by early 2024.
In addition to the chip upgrade, a minor spec bump could also mean enhancements to the front and rear cameras. This could potentially introduce remarkable features like Photonic Engine, ProRes video recording, Audio zoom, stereo audio recording, Portrait mode, and Portrait Lighting support, taking the iPad mini’s photography capabilities to new heights.
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Following the trend set by the latest iPad Pro models, which introduced Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity for the first time, it seems plausible that these advancements will find their way to the iPad mini by 2024. Another intriguing possibility is the addition of Apple Pencil hover support, an exclusive feature enjoyed by iPad Pro users. If implemented, it would undoubtedly elevate the iPad mini’s creative potential.