The iPad mini 6 may not come with a mini-LED display, which is speculated to be part of the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models that are rumored to hit the market in the coming months. The latest speculation comes just days after the iPad mini specs hit the web. The next generation iPad mini model is expected to have a brand new SoC and redesigned construction. In addition to the iPad mini 6, Apple is also said to have its new AirPods in the works, which could be called AirPods 3. These new True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds are expected to be introduced at the launch of the iPhone 13 in September.
Ross Young, CEO of Display Market Tracker Display Supply Chain Consultants, tweeted Friday that the iPad mini 6 would not feature mini LED display technology. Young’s tweet disproved a recent DigiTimes report that suggested the presence of a mini-LED display on the next-generation iPad mini.
Rumor has it that Apple will be offering mini-LED displays on its new MacBook Pro models later this year to offer a better viewing experience, while some new iPad Pro models and a next-generation MacBook Air are speculated next Year to come with mini LED displays.
Earlier reports suggested that the iPad mini 6 would hit the market later this year with an entirely new design that might look similar to the iPad Air 4.
Separately, DigiTimes reported, citing people familiar with the development, that Apple is preparing its AirPods 3 (next-generation AirPods), which are expected to hit the market in the second half of this year. The launch could take place at the iPhone 13 event in September.
Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the AirPods 3 could hit the market in the third quarter of 2021. An image suggesting the design of the new AirPods model also appeared on Weibo in April. It showed some similarities to the AirPods 2, although the new model might have slight differences in the cutouts for sensors and the flow of noise. However, Kuo suggested last year that the new AirPods could come with an AirPods Pro-like design and system-in-package (SiP) technology.
The DigiTimes report suggested that the AirPods 3 prices would align with existing models. This means that there may not be a huge difference in price between AirPods 3 and AirPods 2 prices. The last generation AirPods were priced at Rs. 14,900 in India with the standard charging case, while the variant with the wireless charging case was priced at Rs. 18,900.
In addition to the new iPad mini and AirPods, Apple is said to have a new external display under development. 9to5Mac reports that the new display is currently being tested internally, codenamed J327. It is expected to have a dedicated A13 chip and Neural Engine to deliver high-end graphics on Mac computers without consuming all of their resources.
However, the exact start plans of the external display are still to be announced. It’s also important to note that the device is in the testing phase, which means that Apple may consider some changes to the final product or give up development altogether.