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Report: 5th gen iPad Air to get iPad-Pro design, no change for iPad mini 6

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What you need to know

  • A new report from Mac Otakara brings new claims for the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini.
  • The report says the 5th generation iPad Air could adopt an iPad Pro design.
  • It also says that the 6th generation iPad mini may not feature a redesign at all.

It looks like there may be a lot in store for the 5th generation iPad Air. The 6th generation iPad mini? Not so much.

A new report from Mac Otakara says that the 5th generation iPad Air could bring a lot of iPad Pro features to the more economical iPad. The report specifically calls out the 3rd generation of the 11-inch iPad Pro and says that the next iPad Air could get upgraded with a dual-lens camera system, a LiDAR scanner, and a 4-speaker audio system.

The 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and Touch ID on the side will be retained, and the rear camera will be a dual-lens camera system with a wide-angle camera and an ultra-wide angle camera. There is also the possibility of a LiDAR scanner, but we don't know for sure. Other features include 4-speaker audio and 5G NR mmWave support. The chip is expected to be an A15 Bionic chip.

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Ipad Mini 6 Power Button Render (Image credit: Jon Prosser / FrontPageTech)

While these features would be a welcome addition to the iPad Air, things get less exciting when the report shifts its eyes to the base model iPad and iPad mini. While earlier reports talked about a complete redesign coming to the iPad mini this fall, Mac Otakara says that no such redesign is planned for the sixth generation iPad mini.

Chinese suppliers have been telling us in January this year that the iPad mini (6th Generation) will have an 8.4-inch display and the iPad (9th Generation) could be based on the iPad Air (3rd Generation), but the latest information suggests that the iPad (9 The latest information says that the iPad (9th Generation) and iPad mini (6th Generation) do not seem to be any different from the iPad (8th Generation) and iPad mini (5th Generation).There is a possibility that it will just be a change from the current A12 Bionic chip to the A14 Bionic chip, and the chassis design may not be changed until 2022 or later.

As far as the iPad mini goes, a lot of notable leakers have said the next iPad mini will in fact get a redesign. Mark Gurman, Ross Young, Jon Prosser, and Ming-Chi Kuo have all said a redesign is coming. So, if there isn't a redesign coming to the next generation iPad mini, the redesigned model would have to be coming shortly after.

The upgrade to the iPad Air isn't expected to come about until 2022. When it comes to the next generation, the latest rumors point to a release as soon as this fall.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

2 Comments
  • That's odd and disappointing. Odd in that the current iPad Air already has iPad Pro styling. Disappointing in that the iPad Mini has never had a redesign and it's about time. I choose to believe the other pundits/clairvoyants. I can predict I will not be getting a new iPad Mini if the design remains the same. Why would I?
  • The current Mini 5 is just over 2 years old. It is not ancient by any means. It has the exact same internals as the Air 3. They were released on the same day. If there is an Air 5, it will be “new” in the same way as last year’s “new” Pros. New cameras and maybe more RAM. That will be it. The Air 4 less than 1 year old. A new Mini will be released soon. It will have the same internals as the Air 4, which is the A14. It will not get the A15. The current Mini has the A12, which was the current chip at the time of release. The Mini desperately needs a camera upgrade. It does not even have a flash. A bigger screen/smaller bezels would be welcome. But I don’t see it going the full “Pro” design route. We already have a large Pro, a medium Pro and the Air “Pro”. The entire line can’t be “Pro”.