Evidence grows for iPad mini’s expanding screen

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Evidence grows for iPad mini expanding screen
The next iPad mini could have a larger display than any of its predecessors. But still stay “mini.”
Concept: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The iPad mini 6 screen will increase to 8.3 inches, according to a report from a display industry expert. This is just the latest leak to indicate that Apple is about to dramatically improve the design of its smallest tablet.

A larger screen should make the computer easier and more fun to use. Especially as the whole device will reportedly stay about the same size.

iPad mini 6 screen size could be expanding

Ross Young predicted the move from the current 7.9 inches to 8.3 in. on Monday via Twitter. Young is the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, with sources at Apple’s component makers.

But don’t expect the iPad mini 6 to be any less “mini.” The tablet isn’t expanding to make room for a bigger screen. Instead, the screen bezels will shrink and the Home button will be removed, according to Young.

Previous leaks have said the same. Almost. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman recently predicted that the tablet’s display would be 8.4 inches. And there have been earlier reports of an expanding iPad mini 6 screen going way back to 2020.

The iPad Pro series underwent a very similar change in 2018, becoming the first Apple tablet with a nearly edge-to-edge display. The iPad Air got its redesign in 2020.

Many other changes, too

The screen isn’t the only feature expected to change about the next miniature iPad. It will supposedly be built around a speedy Apple A15 processor, and sport a USB-C port and a Touch ID sensor in its power button.

With production allegedly starting around August, the iPad mini 6 is expected before the end of 2021.