A fresh new look isn’t the only change we’re expecting to see the iPad mini this fall. According to a 9in 5Mac report, the smaller iPad will be bringing an A15 processor, USB-C, and a magnetic Smart Connector. This would be a significant boost in it processing power, but it also means you can possibly use the smallest iPad as a laptop replacement.
Cites anonymous Apple sources, 9to5Mac claims that the A15 chip – which will also connect to the iPhone 13 lineup – will have the same 5nm process technology as the A14. Another interesting piece of information is that Apple is reportedly working on an even more powerful A15X variant. The fifth-gen iPad mini is powered from an A12 chip, which also powers the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and the eighthththe gen gen iPad and third-gen iPad Air. There have been several A-series chips since the Bionic A12 was introduced in 2018 – the A12X, A12Z, A13, and A14 to be exact – so this jump should be significant.
The move from 7nm to 5nm may not be super dramatic. It is a hint, however, that Apple has high hopes for the iPad mini redesign. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is plans to just upgrade the A12 in the entry-level iPad to the A13, which isn’t such a big boost.
The addition of USB-C and Smart Connector is further evidence that Apple is trying to give people more reason to choose a smaller iPad.. For starters, that opens the iPad mini to a much wider range of peripherals and bring it more in line with the iPad Pro and iPad Air. The Smart Connector also hints that maybe we can see a tiny little keyboard to go along with the tiny iPad.
Earlier this year, Bloomberg also reported that the iPad Mini was due to a significant redesign that would stop the home button and have thinner bezels. Because of those changes, religible analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says it looks like the iPad mini display to exceed current 7.9 inches to between 8.5 and 9 inches.
Larger display, more compatibility with accessories and peripherals, faster processor? These changes, along with the fact that it will bring iPadOS 15 some features of multi-tasking and nifty productivity? Definitely looks like Apple is trying a lot to sell us on the iPad mas a working device. This is hardly surprising. Apple has been working to make every iPad more compelling, though with mixed results. Who knows? This may be exactly what Apple’s smallest tablet needs. After all, the iPad mdan has was the awkward iPad of the bunch. Whether these updates will change remains to be seen.