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Or maybe what they should be
There have been a couple of rumors going around about Apple’s coming iPad Mini upgrade. While most of them have centered on a modest update that will retain the Home Button and Lightning Port and look like a 3rd Gen iPad Air, others predict a bigger upgrade that will look more like the current Air. I’m still hoping the latter prevails and these new renders prove to be prophetic.
The website svetapple.sk has published a set of renders that imagine a new Mini with an 8.9″ screen and Apple’s most up to date iPad design language. I can’t lie- this device looks pretty good.
As you can see here, a new Mini with this design would fit perfectly in line with the iPad Pros and the current iPad Air. I just hope Apple agrees that this is where the Mini belongs, rather than still alongside the iPad at the lower end of the lineup.
I have a feeling we will learn a lot about how Apple views the Mini with this next update, which will hopefully arrive this year. Is it a device on-par with the Air, with a similar look to the more powerful Pro? Will it get the latest Apple Pencil support and USB-C? A compatible Magic Keyboard is probably a bridge too far, but these other upgrades would still make the Mini more powerful and flexible tablet with a fresh look and feel.
On the other side of the coin, Apple may continue to tread water with a slightly updated take on the current iPad Mini design. If they do, I can’t help but wonder if we will never see Apple’s current tablet design language come to this device. I’m a little concerned in light of a new rumor that Apple may be doing away with the iPad Mini entirely in favor of a foldable iPhone that could arrive in 2023. If the Mini’s days are numbered, then maybe Apple doesn’t see the smallest tablet as worthy of a major redesign.
Personally, I hope that isn’t the case. I may prefer a bigger tablet, but I think there is still a role for the iPad Mini in a world of giant smartphones and foldables, at least for a while yet. A brand new folding iPhone could cost as much as $2,000 or more when it’s first released, making the iPad Mini seem like an absolute steal in comparison. For that reason and others, I’m hoping that a foldable iPhone and the iPad Mini shown in these renders exist side by side in 2023 and beyond.