The dream of the iPad mini Pro is revived by new rumors


Apple’s family of iPad products can be confusing, but it’s easy to spot the unusual: the iPad mini. The company’s smallest iPad is updated relatively infrequently (the iPad mini 4 launched in 2015, followed by the iPad mini 5 in 2019) and usually receives fairly cosmetic improvements – the display size, for example, never changed from the original 7 Changed 9 inches.

A number of rumors are pointing to an all-new iPad mini this year that could adopt many of the features of Apple’s iPad Pro line of products.

The Korean blog Naver (via MacRumors) says that in the second half of this year an “iPad mini Pro” with an 8.7-inch screen and a slightly wider but also slightly shorter case than the current iPad mini will be on the market comes. This has been confirmed by information from Chinese speaker Kang, who says a smaller iPad is coming with full screen. Both reports claim that the device is currently in the “Design P2” phase, which means it has yet to pass Apple’s design and production validation tests before it can go into mass production.

As the sources say, the above don’t have much of a track record. The reports, however, coincide with a May 2020 report by Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who said an iPad mini with a larger display could hit the market in 2021. And the Japanese blog Mac Otakara says an iPad mini with an 8.4-inch display is coming out this month – although that report claims that the new iPad mini will maintain a similar design to its predecessor, with slightly scaled-down options Frame and a Touch ID home button under the display.

As an iPad Mini lover, I’ve been waiting for something that resembles an iPad Mini Pro for ages. The iPad mini is, in my opinion, the perfect size iPad to take with you, as it fits in smaller pockets and larger pockets, and it’s also the best-sized e-book reader among the iPads. With smaller bezels and a larger display in a similarly sized case, this would be a massive improvement over the somewhat dated iPad mini.

Even if we only get an updated iPad mini (with no Pro design and features) it would still be welcome as the iPad mini is the only iPad that didn’t get an update in 2020.