Apple is expected to launch a refreshed version of its popular iPad mini early next year, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The mass production of the new device is set to begin in the first quarter of 2024, according to a series of tweets from Kuo.
This marks a change from Kuo’s previous predictions, where he expected mass shipments to start towards the end of 2023 or in the first half of 2024. However, he now believes that there may not be any new iPad releases in the next nine to 12 months, as the focus will be on the iPad mini refresh.
According to Kuo, the main selling point of the new iPad mini will be its new processor, suggesting that the device will receive only a spec bump. The current iPad mini, released in September 2021, features an 8.3-inch display, A15 Bionic chip, USB-C port, Touch ID power button, and 5G support on cellular models.
There have been rumors that the next-generation version of the iPad mini will feature ProMotion display technology, allowing for a maximum 120Hz refresh rate. However, display analyst Ross Young believes that Apple is already working on an iPad mini 7, but it is unlikely to feature ProMotion technology.
In addition to the iPad mini refresh, Kuo’s latest predictions also included a reference to a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand, which he believes will be launched by Apple sometime in 2024. This continues to fuel speculation about Apple’s future plans in the tablet market.
Overall, Kuo’s latest predictions provide insight into what Apple fans can expect in the coming months and years, as the company continues to innovate and expand its product lineup.