The next-generation iPad mini 6 will look a lot different from its predecessor. As per the renders by David Kowalski, @xleaks7 and CoverPigtou, the leaked design shows a punch-hole camera and an in-display fingerprint scanner (Touch ID).
The alleged CAD-based renders of the iPad mini 6 appeared on the Italian publication Pigtou in collaboration with tipster David Kowalski (@xleaks7 on Twitter). The renders highlight the Apple tablet in the black colour finish with round edges. The display bezels have been reduced considerably, and the front panel now has a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. At the back, the iPad mini will reportedly retain the single rear camera on the top left side. Further, we can notice the speaker grill at the bottom alongside what appears to be a USB Type-C port. Apple started adopting the USB-C port with the last iPad Pro models and iPhone 12 series.
The best part of these images can be found on the bottom half of the display. Specifically, the next-gen tablet is depicted with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner cutout. It’s unclear whether this is for illustration purposes to confirm the presence of an under-screen Touch ID implementation, like the one expected in the iPhone 12S later this year, or whether Apple is allegedly planning a large cutout.
The iPad mini 6 is expected to arrive in the first half of this year, potentially at an event in late March alongside the iPad Pro (2021) line and a third-generation iPhone SE. It would be powered by the A14 Bionic, currently used inside the iPhone 12 series, and include both a lightning port and 3.5mm headphone jack, both of which are found on the iPad mini 5.
The rest of the tablet’s external package consists of an aluminium body with a small camera on the back, a power button on the top, and the frame’s left side’s volume keys.