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

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According to reliable sources, Apple is working on a new sixth-generation iPad mini. With a potential release on tap for late 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.

Earlier this year Apple released new iPad Pro models and they come with an assortment of enticing upgrades. The company’s 2018 iPad Pro models are also excellent and they’re also much cheaper than they once were.

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 summer.

You might’ve heard that Apple might be cooking up additional iPads for release in 2020 and/or 2021. The list reportedly includes a high-end iPad Pro, an iPad Air 4, and a iPad mini 6.

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iPad mini 6 Rumors

We haven’t heard a ton 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. He initially thought the device would arrive before the end of the year, but that’s changed.

Kuo has backtracked a bit and now says 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. The analyst claims a new version of the iPad mini should launch sometime in the first half of 2021. An even newer note suggests the same.

That being said, Digitimes, a hit-or-miss publication, states that Apple will launch a brand new iPad mini in the second half of the year.

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 and 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.

Wait for Performance Improvements

Wait for Performance Improvements

If Apple is developing a new version of the iPad mini, you can expect it to come with numerous performance improvements. In fact, we've already heard about a few of them. 

According to Kuo, the iPad mini 6 will come with mini-LED backlighting. The company is reportedly bringing the technology to the iPad Pro line, a new 10.2-inch iPad, a new iPad Air 4, the MacBook Pro line, and the Mac Pro. 

According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple is planning to use super-thin rigid PCB boards from manufacturer Tripod Technology. Volume production will reportedly start in early 2021.

So what does this mean for you? Well, mini-LED has some advantages over the LCD and OLED displays you find on most devices.

For one, they offer higher contrast. They're also less prone to some of the burn-in issues that often plague OLED displays. 

They also provide deeper blacks, higher brightness, and they're also more power-efficient which could help with battery life. 

In addition to this you can expect the iPad mini 6 to include a new processor which could also help with battery life, overall speed/multitasking, and experiences like gaming. 

Again, Kuo claims the next-gen iPad mini will follow the iPhone SE 2’s product strategy which would call for an up-to-date processor. The budget iPhone SE 2 utilizes the same chip inside the company's flagship iPhone 11.

Kuo also believes the iPad mini 6 will come with a 20W fast charging power adapter.

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