Poor old iPad mini. Despite constant rumours, Apple's tiny tablet hasn't been given a spec bump since 2019 – and its design hasn't changed since way back in 2015. And with new leaks suggesting a new design isn't coming in 2021 as previously thought, is it finally time to accept that the iPad mini's day is done?
According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, any future iPad mini will look no different to the current model. But its hard to imagine Apple releasing a tablet with a six year-old design in 2021 (and very hard to imagine it hitting our best drawing tablets roundup). And after years of on-again/off-again rumours, a new iPad mini is starting to seem more and more unlikely.
As spotted by MacRumors (opens in new tab), Mac Otakara claims (opens in new tab) that a new iPad Air will arrive soon, complete with a 10.9-inch iPad Pro-esque edge-to-edge display. That makes sense – Apple has been consolidating its tablet lineup with that all-screen design. But the site also claims a new iPad mini is coming that does "not seem to be any different" from the current model.
Not only does this contradict recent rumours of an all-screen iPad mini, but it also makes little sense in the context of Apple's recent iPad releases. Rather than release an incredibly dated-looking iPad mini complete with chunky bezels and home button, we're more inclined to believe that the company will let the iPad mini ride off into the sunset.
Indeed, if a brand new iPad mini with tiny bezels and Apple Pencil 2 support doesn't arrive this year, we reckon it might not be coming at all. If the end is in sight for the iPad mini, at least it had a good run. First released in 2012, the toteable tablet proved a brilliant portable option for creatives on the go. But with phones getting larger and larger (the iPhone 12 Pro Max (opens in new tab) is practically an iPad mini), its role in Apple's product lineup has become a little less clear cut.
And let's not forget, those iPhone Fold rumours aren't going anywhere either. An iPhone sized device that can unfold to the size of an iPad mini (complete with Apple Pencil support) could well negate the need for an iPad mini at all.
As with all things Apple, only time will tell what Apple decides to do. Perhaps there is indeed an incredible new, redesigned iPad mini on the horizon. If you don't fancy waiting to find out, check out today's best iPad deals below, and head to our Apple Back to School page for more brilliant offers.