Back in March this year, Kuo Ming-Chi stated that Apple had in its plan to update the 7.9-inch iPad mini and give it a LED display in 2020.
This LED technology is basically the traditional backlights used for LCD replaced with pixel-level backlights. It’s how we’re getting the higher contrasts of OLED, but without all the bad parts of OLED. He also stated that Apple would launch a new 10.8-inch iPad until the end of 2020, and an 8.5-9-inch iPad at the beginning of 2021. According to some sources, the first one would be a new iPad Air, and the second one a new iPad mini.
Is the iPad Mini better?
The iPad Mini is quite different than the others. The aspect ratio is different. They’re wider, which means that it won’t be a bother to read a book or comics on the screen. But they might want to do it even bigger, and maybe with a new iPad Pro design, according to some rumors out there. But whatever they’re doing, they will keep the Touch ID, and not replace it with a Face ID. While a LiDAR Scanner and USB-C port might sound amazing, they’re features of iPad Pro, and they might stay that way.
In terms of pricing
The 10.2 level iPad is cheaper than the iPad mini. It costs $329 instead of $399. This is due to the fact that it has an older processor, the A10, and not the A12. And also, the display is non-laminated.
As of now, the iPad mini will remain as it is right now. It will slowly get features from the Pro line, but it’s not a priority, so we’re not expecting big changes overnight.