According to veteran analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to release the sixth-generation iPad mini in the second half of this year.

In a note tied to the release of the 8-inch foldable iPhone in 2023, Ming-Chi Kuo said global changes helped boost iPad sales, and the recently released 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are expected to contribute to sales growth. In addition, Kuo said that the new iPad mini in the second half of this year will help further the business.

Ming-Chi Kuo and DigiTimes previously announced that the new iPad mini will hit the market in the first half of this year. Perhaps due to supply constraints, the new low-cost iPad has now been delayed until the second half of 2021.

iPad Mini 6 may disappoint buyers hoping for a brand new design

The new iPad mini is expected to have an 8.4-inch display with thinner bezels and will continue to feature a Home button with Touch ID and a Lightning port. The new iPad may disappoint buyers hoping to get a completely new design.

Longer term, Kuo said Apple is working on an iPad mini with a mini LED display, which recently debuted in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Compared to current LCDs, the mini-LEDs in iPad mini will help provide richer blacks while delivering improved contrast and HDR.

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