The iPad mini has been essentially the same since its inception, but Bloomberg Mark Gurman says a major redesign is well on its way to being launched later this year. Gurman called it “the biggest overhaul in nine years history” of the iPad mini on his Powered Up Podcast.
Last month we saw renders that showed thinner edges, no TouchID Home button, and square sides, similar to the iPad Air. This follows an earlier report by Gurman that claimed the same design changes.
The thinner glasses will allow Apple to fit a larger screen – from 8.5 to 9 inches diagonally, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, up from 7.9 inches so far. There will also be other changes, such as joining his big brothers and sisters by exchanging the lighting port for a USB-C port. TouchID will still be on board, but integrated into the power button instead.
iPad Air (2020) and iPad mini 6 rumor • The new design of the iPad mini will be based on the Air
The podcast contains other interesting details about Apple’s plans. He claims that the company is working to replace the current 27-inch iMac that uses Intel Core processors with another that uses Apple silicon.
It will not be the Apple M1, but one of the next chipsets, the M1X perhaps. Note that even though it will replace the 27″ model, this new iMac may have a larger screen. The new chip and screen could allow the new model to replace the now-discontinued iMac Pro, which debuted in 2017.
The current range of 27-inch (non-pro) iMac was updated last year, so it’s not really old, but it doesn’t fit Apple’s strategy without Intel. The only iMacs powered by Apple at the moment have a 23.5-inch screen and use the M1. There is no question yet of replacing the 21.5-inch model, which has not been touched for years (it has a 7th generation i5).
The 23.5″ iMac powered by M1
You can check out the free version of Turn On, where Gurman talks about the Apple card and a potential rival to Square (a financial services company known for turning iPads into POS systems). The iPad mini, iMac, and other information are part of the paid podcast.
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