The eighth-generation iPad appears on Apple’s website as “currently unavailable,” and with delivery delays pushing the tablet’s delivery back to October, it seems obvious that the supply side of the supply-demand equation is working. empty, resulting in delays in shipping the device. Gurman’s tweet says that Apple is telling its retail workers not to speculate with consumers about why shipments of 8th generation iPad models are late.
IPad (2020) delivery dates pushed back to October, indicating lack of supply ahead of upcoming new model
The thickness and weight of the new iPad (2021) could reach 6.3 mm and 460 grams respectively. This would compare to the 7.5mm thickness and 490 grams of weight belonging to the iPad (2020). The latter is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset manufactured by TSMC using its 7nm FinFET process node. This latest chip, used on devices like the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini slates, could be replaced with something a little cooler. This could be the 2019 A13 Bionic SoC or the 2020 5nm A14 Bionic chipset.
There is also speculation that Apple will increase memory from 2 GB to 4 GB while storage will start at 64 GB instead of 32 GB. We could also see Apple introduce the new generation iPad mini next Tuesday. We could see a redesign that will give the next-gen iPad mini design cues from the more recent iPad Pro and iPad Air models. This means that Touch ID could be integrated with the power button and the screen will have thinner edges.
The new iPad mini (2021) would have a USB-C port instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. According to reliable TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we could see the A15 Bionic chipset under the hood. The chip that will power the iPhone 13 series is manufactured by TSMC using its advanced 5nm process node. While others demand that the iPad mini (2021) sport the A14 Bionic SoC under the hood, would you really bet against Kuo?
Render shows possible redesign for the new Apple iPad mini
The most recent specs for the iPad mini (2021) include a 7.9-inch True Tone display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 326 pixels per inch. The A15 Bionic chipset powers the tablet which will have 4 GB or 6 GB of memory. Storage options will be 64GB and 256GB, and Apple Pencil 2 will be supported. On the back of the tablet will be an 8MP camera while a front-facing 7MP FaceTime camera will be on board.
We expect to see stereo speakers on the iPad mini (2021) on opposite sides of the device. The tablet will also offer 5G connectivity and feature the aforementioned USB-C port.
Still, there’s a chance we could see more changes coming to the 6th gen iPad mini model, and there’s a chance some of those supposed changes won’t show up at all. Different tipsters have different ideas on what to expect for the iPad mini (2021), but the good news is that in less than a week, we’ll know exactly what to expect with the tablet when it comes to the specifications.