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Apple’s next iPad Mini, foldable iPad launch timeframe tipped

Highlights

  • Apple is working on a new iPad Mini
  • It may launch by the end of 2023 or in 1H 2024
  • The foldable iPad will launch in 2025

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has tipped the launch timeframe of the next iPad mini as well as the foldable iPad. Apple unveiled the 10th-generation iPad in October this year. The company did not release an iPad mini this year. The last iteration of the Mini-branded tablet from Apple is the iPad Mini 6, which debuted in September 2021.

Hence, it appears that the Cupertino-based brand is now working on the 7th-generation iPad mini (aka. iPad Mini 7). Many mainstream smartphone brands have launched foldable smartphones. Some other brands, like Google and OnePlus, that have not launched a foldable smartphone are expected to do so in 2023. There have been multiple reports that Apple may not have any plans to release a foldable iPhone. In fact, it is rumoured to be working on a foldable iPad.

Also Read: Apple rumoured to be working on a 15.5-inch MacBook Air

Here’s when iPad Mini 7 and foldable iPad are expected

iPad mIni 6

iPad mini 6

According to Kuo, Apple is currently working on a new edition of the iPad Mini. The main selling point of the device will be that it will come equipped with a new processor. However, he did not mention any more information about the processor.

The iPad Mini 6 is powered by the Apple A15 Bionic chip. There is a possibility that the company may switch to the M1 chip on the iPad Mini 7. He added that the mass shipment of the next iPad Mini will start by the end of 2023 or in the first half of 2023.

Hence, the next iPad Mini version will not have a foldable screen. In fact, the company’s first tablet with a foldable screen is expected to break cover in 2025. The device is expected to feature a 10-inch foldable OLED display.

It was previously speculated that the arrival of the foldable iPad may result in Apple discontinuing the iPad Mini-series. Kuo claims that it is unlikely to happen because the foldable iPad will command a higher price tag than the iPad Mini, which is currently priced at $499 in the US and Rs 47,000 in India.

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