Apple working on refreshed iPad mini with A15 chip, USB-C: report

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Apple working on refreshed iPad mini with A15 chip, USB-C: report

Rumors of Apple’s plans to refresh the iPad mini for some time have circulated. 9to5Mac now reports that some sources have confirmed Apple’s plans. 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s new iPad mini will be codenamed “J310” and run on the latest A15 processor. The new iPad mini will also include a USB-C port, and the magnetic Smart Connector found on other iPad models. The A15 chip will give the iPad mini a substantial power boost if Apple includes it. The refreshed iPad mini would have the same power as the iPhone 13 series. The A12 chip was introduced in the iPhone XS’s 2018 iPhone XS.

MobileSyrup.com has more information: Apple works to refresh the iPad mini with an A15 chip and USB-C: Report.

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According to 9to5 sources, an A15X with higher performance will be available for iPad models other than the A14. It is unclear what models it will be, but I believe an updated iPad Air would move from the A14 to the A15X or a refreshed iPad (the current model runs on the A12). 9to5 reports that Apple is working on a refreshed iPad. It is codenamed “J181” and may have a similar design as the iPad Air 3. 9to5 words that the new entry-level iPad will have an A13 chip, rather than an A15 or X. This iPad’s entry-level model is Apple’s most inexpensive, so it’s not surprising. However, I would like to see it come with something more powerful.

MobileSyrup.com has more information: Apple works to refresh the iPad mini with an A15 chip and USB-C: Report.

I’m not surprised by the rumored move of the iPad mini to USB-C. Apple should use the same connector to attach accessories on all of its iPads. It’d be great to see the Smart Connector on the iPad mini, as that will likely mean Apple will offer Smart Connector-compatible accessories. The new iPad mini details add to earlier rumors, such as a Mark Gurman June Bloomberg report. The report described plans to reduce the iPad mini’s bezels and eliminate the home button. Soon after, Jon Prosser, a leaker from FrontPageTech’s YouTube channel and now website, shared renderings of the new iPad mini. These rumors suggest that the iPad mini will be an exciting Apple launch later in the year. The iPad mini has been a favorite of mine for some time, so the possibility of a new model with a sleek design and a powerful processor makes me excited.

Source: 9to5Mac