Apple isn’t expected to announce an updated version of its iPad mini tablet until 2024, according to a new report.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple isn’t set to begin mass production of the updated iPad mini until the first quarter of 2024, meaning that it won’t make a 2023 debut.
The current iPad mini was released in September 2021 and some had suggested that we might see the new model ship this year.
Kuo himself had previously pointed to a possible fourth quarter of 2023 as a date for mass production, but he has clearly received new information to suggest that things have now changed.
That 2021 refresh brought with it a new 8.3-inch display as well as an A15 Bionic chop and the moving of the Touch ID sensor to the power button. The iPad mini also gained a USB-C port and Apple also added 5G for the first time.
Anjie Technology will be the new beneficiary of the all-new design foldable iPad. There may be no new iPad releases in the next 9-12 months as the iPad mini refresh is more likely to begin mass production in 1Q24.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 30, 2023
It isn’t yet clear what an updated iPad mini would bring to the table, but Apple is also rumored to be working on its first foldable iPad for a release in the same year. Whether the two tablets could be related isn’t immediately obvious, but some rumors had pointed to the iPad mini gaining a 120Hz ProMotion display at least. We can likely expect an improved CPU, especially if the release isn’t going to happen until next year.
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