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7 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 release reportedly in the works, 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 2021, you’ve got a lot of options.

Last year, Apple released new iPad Pro models and they come with an assortment of enticing upgrades. The company’s iPad Pros from 2020 and 2018 are also excellent and they’re also cheaper than they once were.

You should also check out the iPad Air 4, new eighth-generation iPad, 10.2-inch iPad, 2019 iPad Air, and the iPad mini 5. We’ve seen some significant price cuts on the latter three and they’re worth a look if you’re interested in buying a new tablet.

You also may have heard that Apple might be cooking up additional iPads. The list reportedly includes a new budget iPad, iPad Air 5, and a new iPad mini 6.

iPad mini 6 Rumors

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch a brand new iPad mini. He initially thought the device would arrive before the end of 2020.

Kuo’s backtracked and now claims the new iPad mini 6 will arrive in the second half 0f 2021.

A report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu puts the iPad mini 6 release date in 2021. In his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman says the iPad mini 6 release is “is a go for this fall.”

Multiple posts on Korean blog Naver suggest Apple will release a new “iPad mini Pro” in the fall. The site claims the device will have an 8.7-inch display and a reduced bezel. According to the latest post, it will be a smaller version of the iPad Pro.

With a new iPad mini 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 a Bigger Display

Wait for a Bigger Display

The price of the iPad mini should stay in the budget range, but that apparently won't stop Apple from increasing the size of the device's display. 

According to Kuo, Apple is planning to bump the size of the iPad mini's display somewhere in the vicinity of 8.5-inches to 9-inches. In another research note, he says it will be 8.5-inches. 

Digitimes backs this up. The publication states that the next version of the iPad mini will come with an "8.x -inch" display. 

Japanese blog Mac Otakara believes the iPad mini 6's display will measure 8.4-inches. Analyst Ross Young thinks the display will measure 8.3-inches. Young says the display grew "from 7.9" due to narrower bezels and removal of Home button."

If Apple's able to keep the size of the device intact, the added real estate would be huge for content consumers and people who love to do work and play games on their iPad.

Ahead of the iPad mini 6 launch, Apple's sent out a survey to existing iPad mini customers asking for their thoughts about the device's screen size. 

The survey asks owners if the iPad mini's screen size is too small, too big, or if it's just right. While the responses probably won't change Apple's plans, they could impact marketing. 

If an iPad mini with a larger screen is appealing to you, think about waiting. 

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