A new report from earlier today claims that the next iPad mini will pack the same A15 processor as the upcoming iPhone 13 — something that would be quite the turn up for Apple. The current iPad mini uses the A12 processor.
If the new report is accurate, and 9to5Mac seems to think that it is, the new iPad mini will be quite the processing powerhouse. Not only will it instantly become the best iPad for gaming thanks to its small size and that A15 chip, but it will also be one of the best values as well. Assuming Apple isn't tempted to bump the price, of course.
Here's what the original report has to say about that processor:
According to the sources, Apple is planning to use the A15 chip inside the new iPad mini, just like the new iPhones expected to be released later this year. The A15 chip will use the same 5-nanometer fabrication process as the A14, and our sources indicate Apple is also working on a more powerful A15X variant that could be used in other iPads down the line.
Traditionally, Apple's iPhones get the latest and greatest silicon before it trickles down to other devices. We don't yet know when the new iPad mini could go on sale, but even if it's after iPhone 13 it is unlikely to be by much — assuming a 2021 release is in the cards, of course. The thought of an iPad mini shipping with the hot new processor is an intriguing one — and it will be a statement of intent for Apple. No longer will iPad mini be the also-ran. A tablet that exists just because it can. It'll be a genuinely good iPad, especially for taking notes and whatnot as I suggested a week ago.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman recently suggested the new iPad mini will get an iPad Air-like redesign, something today's report also alludes to. USB-C and a Smart Connector seem to be a go for this year's refresh, while we're already expecting the Home button to be killed off as well. It's all shaping up for 2021 to be the year of iPad mini and I, as I've said once before, am absolutely here for it.
There's little doubt in my mind that an iPad mini with this new design and an A15 chip would be the best iPad for the majority of people.
I can't wait to see how this thing benchmarks beside the bajillion small Android tablets that litter the marketplace, too!