The rumored new iPad mini (2021) will feature flat sides and will resemble the iPad Air (2020)
The renders show that the new iPad mini will go without a home button to allow the screen to be bigger. Speaking of bigger, the device will be a little bit taller (206.3mm vs. the previous model’s 203.2), and wider (137.8mm vs. the previous model’s 134.8mm) but it will be just as thick at 6.1mm. And while Face ID will not be found on the tablet, Apple will be integrating Touch ID with the slate’s power button just as it did with the iPad Air (2020).
Three color options will supposedly be offered to buyers of the iPad mini (2021)
Apple seems as though it is willing to continue riding the iPad’s pandemic-led resurgence as tablets in general have become an important device for those who work from home, attend school from home, and view movies and other video content from home. For the most recently announced quarter (fiscal Q2 of 2021), Apple announced a huge 79% hike in iPad revenue year-over-year from $4.37 billion to $7.81 billion.
So to wrap this up, we should see the iPad mini (2021) feature a larger screen, flat sides, a new chipset, 5G support, upgraded speakers, integrated Touch ID/Power button, and a slightly larger footprint.