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6 Reasons to Wait for the iPad Mini 6 & 5 Reasons Not To

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According to a reliable source, Apple is reportedly working on a new sixth-gen iPad mini. With a potential release on tap for later 2020 or 2021, we want to take you through the best reasons to wait for the iPad mini 6 and the best reasons to skip it and go with something else.

If you’re on the hunt for a new iPad in 2020, you’ve got a lot of options.

Apple recently announced new iPad Pro models and they come with an assortment of enticing upgrades. The 2018 iPad Pro models are also excellent and they’re much cheaper than they once were.

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You should also check out the 10.2-inch iPad, the 2019 iPad Air, and the iPad mini 5. We’ve seen some significant price cuts on all three and they’re worth a look if you’re interested in buying a new tablet this month.

Of course, you might’ve also heard that Apple might be cooking up additional iPads for release in 2020 and/or 2021 which reportedly include a high-end iPad Pro, new 10.2-inch model, a budget 2020 iPad, an iPad Air 4, and a new iPad mini 6.

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iPad mini 6 Rumors

We haven’t heard a whole lot about a new iPad Mini and that’s what makes this rumor from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo interesting.

Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch a brand new iPad Mini 6 and that it could arrive before the end of the year.

In another note, Kuo backtracked a bit and stated that Apple hardware with mini-LED technology, the same tech that’s supposedly on board the iPad mini 6, may have been pushed into 2021.

A newer research note from Kuo backs this up. Kuo claims a new version of the iPad mini should launch sometime in the first half of 2021.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, another reliable source, says Apple is working on “refreshed budget iPads” but he doesn’t call the devices out by name.

Other than the potential launch date, and a few other details, we know very little about the iPad mini 5‘s successor. It’s unclear if it will be another modest upgrade or if Apple will make significant changes to the budget iPad line.

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With new iPads on the way, that puts those of you in the market for one in a tough position. Should you buy a new iPad now or wait to see what Apple’s got up its sleeve?

In this guide we want to help you answer that question. We’ll take you through the best reasons to think about waiting for the rumored iPad mini 6 and the best reasons to go with another model.

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If you want a newer iPad model, but don't want to shell out for Apple's new iPad Pros, think about waiting for the iPad Mini 6. 

Apple's iPad Pros require a sizable investment. If Apple does release an iPad mini 6, it'll almost certainly be cheaper than the base iPad Pro model. 

Apple's iPad Mini 5 comes in two storage sizes: 128GB and 256GB. The 128GB iPad mini 5 starts at $399 without a deal while the 256GB model starts at $549. The 2020 iPad Pro line starts at $799.

According to Kuo, the new iPad mini will follow the iPhone SE 2’s product strategy. The selling points will reportedly be the affordable price tag and a faster chip. 

If you want a newer iPad model (better hardware, better software support, and various other reasons), but don't want to shell out, waiting for the iPad mini 6 is certainly an option to consider. 

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