Apple will launch the sixth-generation iPad mini in the second half of 2021, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed. The TF Securities’ analyst included some details about the new iPad mini in a note to the investors. Apple didn’t announce the iPad mini during the Spring Loaded event, only focussing on the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the iMacs, all powered by the tech giant’s own M1 chip. This led to the speculation that perhaps Apple was considering launching the iPad mini later in the first half of 2021. But Kuo’s claim has quashed these rumours, predicting the launch to be deferred to the second half.
The upcoming iPad mini is expected to come with an 8.4-inch display and be powered by the M1 chip. Apple last refreshed the iPad mini lineup with the iPad mini 5 in March 2019.
Coming to the foldable iPhone, Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple is working on a foldable iPhone with an 8-inch display. The resolution of the screen is said to be QHD+ and it is expected to be an OLED display.
“Based on our latest industry survey, we forecast that Apple will likely launch a foldable iPhone with an 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED display in 2023, with SDC as the exclusive display supplier and Samsung Foundry as the exclusive DDI foundry provider”, said Kuo.
The tech analyst also claimed that in its first year itself, Apple is expected to ship 15-20 million units of this first-of-a-kind iPhone. “Based on Apple’s requested capacity plan, we predict that the foldable iPhone shipments will reach 15-20 million units in 2023”, added Kuo.