The first Apple iPad mini came out in November 2012. Ever since then, the Cupertino-based giant tech company has been able to roll out five major iterations of the device; iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad mini (5th generation), and iPad mini (6th generation). The iPad mini 6, released in September 2021, is the latest in the lineup. This product received a lot of improvements compared to its predecessors. For instance, the 2021 iPad mini came with a new design and a super-fast A15 processor. We are now in 2022 and expect Apple to release the iPad mini 7 either in the coming months or next year.
When exactly will Apple release the iPad mini 7? What features and specifications should we expect when the device finally launches? These and more are the frequently asked questions you’ll find answers to as you read through the rest of this post.
iPad Mini 7 release date
One of the frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming iPad mini (7th generation) is – what is the release date of the device? Well, at the time of writing this article, there’s no official statement yet regarding when the iPad will launch. However, based on previous releases, we should be able to predict when the upcoming iPad mini 7 will be ready for sale.
Apple’s iPad mini 2 came out on November 12, 2013, while the iPad mini 3 launched on October 22, 2014. As for iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 5, both devices came out on September 9, 2015, and March 18, 2019, respectively. The latest iPad mini (6th generation) came out on September 24, 2021.
Looking at the previous releases, you’ll agree with me that the iPad mini doesn’t get yearly updates like the “Pro and entry-level” models. As such, the possibility of seeing a new iPad mini 7 launch this year is pretty slim. That said, the upcoming iPad mini could launch by Q4 of 2022 or September 2023.
For now, we’ll advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt. We’ll continue to update this section as we find more reliable information regarding the release date of the iPad mini (7th generation).
iPad mini (7th generation) price
Again, there’s no official statement yet regarding the price of the upcoming iPad mini (7th generation). However, we believe the device will launch at roughly the same price as its predecessors. In case you don’t know, the 2019 released iPad mini (5th generation) sold at a starting price of £379/$399. As for the 2021 iPad mini (6th generation), the product sold at a starting price of £479/$499.
Well, the increase in the price of the iPad mini 6 was because of the new designs and features that came with it. We believe the upcoming iPad mini (7th generation) will keep some of the features and properties of the 6th generation iPad mini. As such, the device will most likely come with a starting price that’s pretty close to £479/$499.
iPad mini (7th generation): design and build
Although we’re still many months to the release of the next iPad mini, a lot of leaks and rumors are already flying the air regarding the phone’s design and build.
As you already know, the iPad mini 6 came with a dramatic redesign compared to its predecessor. As such, we’re predicting that Apple won’t add any noticeable design changes to the upcoming iPad mini. The 6th generation iPad mini came with a screen size of 8.3in. The device also came with slim bezels, a USB-C port, and Touch ID (which is on the power button).
However, a smart connector, which is available on the iPad Air and iPad Pro models, is currently missing out on the iPad mini 6. For those who don’t know, the smart connector has 3 flush metal contacts and is held in place, magnetically, just like the MagSafe power adapter. With the smart connector, you can always use the iPad mini like a laptop by connecting it to the Magic keyboard. It’ll be a great addition if Apple includes the smart connector on the upcoming iPad mini 7.
Display and storage
According to the latest rumor regarding the display of the upcoming iPad mini 7, the device could launch with support for a 120 Hz refresh rate. This information came from MacRumors. It says that the next iPad mini will feature a 120Hz ProMotion display.
If the information above is anything to go by, then the iPad mini 7th generation will provide ultra-smooth scrolling. It’ll also deliver a smoother animation and a more pleasing image than the 60 Hz refresh rate, which is available on iPad mini 6.
The iPad mini is versatile and can be utilized for a lot of things, such as storing movies, TV shows, apps, comics, games, books, and magazines. For this reason, the devices deserve enough space.
The iPad mini (6th generation) base model came with a storage capacity of 64GB. We believe this is not enough space and Apple can always do better. So, we expect the upcoming iPad mini 7 to launch with at least 128GB for the entry-level model. We also expect the 256GB maximum storage capacity to increase and move to 512GB for the next generation.
Specs and performance
We expect the upcoming iPad mini (7th generation) to be more powerful than the current one. The iPad mini 6 features a super-fast A15 processor. If the 7th generation iPad mini launches this year, it’ll likely come with the A16 chipset.
However, a rumor seen via a Korean forum post was recently shared on Twitter by @FronTron. According to the post, a new iPad mini will soon launch. The device will come with a screen size of 8.3 inches, a 120Hz refresh rate, and an A15 Bionic chipset as the iPad mini 6. The only difference, however, is that the processor will come with an increased clock speed up to 3.23GHz instead of the usual 2.9GHz. The only problem here is that the post mentioned that the device will go by the name “iPad mini 6 Pro” and not iPad mini 7.