by Hartley Charlton
According to a Weibo source who previously divulged precise information about Apple's plans, the seventh-generation iPad mini will feature four major updates and changes.
An account known as “Instant Digital” claims that the iPad mini&zwnj is the seventh generation; will have four key differences, with no other notable improvements other than the following changes.
A16 Bionic Chip
iPad mini next generation; will apparently be powered by the A16 Bionic chip, which is a slight upgrade over the current model with the A15 Bionic.
The A16 Bionic will power the iPad mini at the level of iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. The chip will offer approximately 10% better performance, 50% more GPU memory bandwidth, and a new image processor (ISP) compared to the current model. The chip update is rumored to be the most widely discussed update to the iPad mini seventh generation.
Updated front and rear cameras
Instant Digital also claims that the iPad mini will receive updated front and rear cameras, but further details on what exactly this will entail are unclear.
The current iPad mini has a 12-megapixel rear camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle front camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture. This is the same front and rear camera unit that is currently used in all Apple iPad models.
The change could take the form of a tangible upgrade to the camera hardware of the iPad mini or it may include software features such as the Photonic Engine that have not yet been offered on any iPad models. ProRes video recording, audio upscaling, stereo audio recording, portrait mode and support for portrait lighting are all possible improvements in this area.
New color options
Seventh – Generation &zwnj ;iPad mini will be available in several new color options, says Instant Digital.
The current version of the iPad mini Available in Space Grey, Starlight, Pink and Purple. Apple could keep some of these colors and replace one or two with new options, or revise the entire selection. It's unclear what new finishes might be coming, but it's possible that Apple could take inspiration from the black, blue, green, yellow, and pink color options of the iPhone 15
Display with reduced scrolling jelly
Last week, Instant Digital announced that the iPad mini the seventh generation will be rotated to reduce the “jelly scrolling” effect. which is something some users are complaining about with the current model.
Jelly scrolling refers to screen tearing, which can cause text or images on one side of the screen to appear slanted down due to a refresh rate mismatch. This can cause one side of the display to appear as if it is responding faster than the other side, creating visual clutter that is difficult to ignore once noticed.
Apple says this is normal behavior for iPads with an LCD display. Because LCD screens are updated line by line, there is a slight delay between the lines at the top and the lines at the bottom updating. But while this may be normal behavior for LCD screens, it may look more obvious when observed on a smaller screeniPad mini.
Users usually complain about jellied scrolling only when using the iPad mini is in portrait orientation. The issue does not play in landscape when scrolling, indicating a vertical refresh issue. According to the latest rumors, Apple is planning to rotate the screen assembly to reduce the jello scrolling effect in portrait orientation. Will this become more noticeable when the iPad mini It's not visible in landscape orientation yet, but Instant Digital simply claims that this effect has been reduced in the new model.
Details on the next generation iPad Pro
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple plans to completely revamp its Magic Keyboard accessory for the iPad this makes the device more like a laptop.
Updated version of Magic Keyboard for iPad will apparently offer a larger trackpad, addressing criticism of the current model, and “make the iPad Pro even more laptop-like than the current setup.” The area around the keyboard itself will be made of aluminum, like the top of the MacBook case, to provide a more durable structure. The outer shell of the keyboard will retain the silicone cover used in the current model and a single USB-C port. Gurman suggested that a redesign with more premium materials could lead Apple to raise the price of the accessory to $299.
Instant Digital now says the next-generation Magic Keyboard will also be 100% carbon neutral thanks to an updated design and the use of different materials. Last month, Apple introduced its first carbon-neutral products: the aluminum Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch SE paired with the new Sport Loop, and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 paired with the new Trail Loop or Alpine Loop. The company plans to make all of its products carbon neutral by 2030.
The next generation iPad Pro According to rumors, the models will be equipped with OLED displays, which is important news for Apple's line of tablets. Instant Digital added that Apple plans to use Samsung's Gen 6 OLED panel production lines to supply displays for the next generation iPad Pro models. Chinese supplier BOE is apparently still trying to get orders from Apple for the iPad The company produces OLED displays and is currently trying to improve the quality and suitability of its panels. These devices are not expected to go on sale until next year.
Will new iPads be released this week?
A discussion of the capabilities of the seventh generation iPad mini on the Instant Digital website is taking place in anticipation of the appearance of a new model, the announcement of which could take place tomorrow. Last week, a Weibo user reported that the iPad mini&zwnj seventh generation; is among several devices Apple could release this month. A modified first-generation Apple Pencil with a USB-C connector instead of Lightning and a sixth-generation iPad Air with an M2 chip will also apparently be announced towards the end of October.
After the appearance of the updated Apple Pencil first generation; with a USB-C connector found in iOS 17.1 beta code, Instant Digital reported that “Apple hasn't abandoned the original Apple Pencil, and a USB-C version is expected to arrive soon.” The account also recently discussed Apple Pencil third generation. model.
Over the weekend, several websites made independent claims that Apple plans to announce an update to the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad entry level; models this week, citing sources. Instant Digital is making announcements about new iPad models that will be released this month from early September.
A post on Korean social media site Naver from a user with a history of posting Apple rumors also includes information from another Weibo user who separately reported over the weekend about a new iPad models that will be released this week, claiming that the next generation iPad Air and iPad mini the models will be available starting this week.
Despite these reports, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg yesterday announced that the new iPad Air, iPad mini and entry-level iPad All models with faster chips are in development, but he believes they “will not appear this month.” Likewise, Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently noted that “new iPad models are unlikely to be released before the end of the year.”
Interestingly, a report from Mac Otakara yesterday claimed that instead of new iPads, a third-generation Apple Pencil with a replaceable magnetic tip will likely be announced. Last month, a tipster known as “Majin Boo” reported that the new Apple Pencil will feature interchangeable magnetic attachments for drawing, technical drawing and digital painting.
As a result, the exact picture of what to expect this month is unclear. Earlier this month, MacRumors learned of upcoming changes to Apple's trade-in policy, which could coincide with the release of new products. Overall, the rumor landscape is currently quite mixed when it comes to details about the launch of new Apple products this month, but two things are for sure: almost all the talk is about the iPad or iPad accessories, and it won't be long before we know for sure if Apple is actually going to release anything this month.
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