The publication’s sources tell it that the new iPad mini, codenamed J310, will be powered by Apple’s latest A15 processor, feature USB-C connectivity, and include a magnetic Smart Connector.
The A15 chip is also expected to power the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup, which will debut later this year. The A15 is expected to be fabricated with the same 5nm process as the A14 chip, which is currently in use in the iPhone 12 lineup. Apple is reportedly working on a more powerful “A15X” processor version for other iPad models set to roll out at a later date.
The sixth-generation iPad mini will also have a USB-C port in place of the current generation’s Lightning port. That should open the tablet up to using a large range of accessories and peripherals, much like the iPad Pro and iPad Air.
The iPad mini will also allegedly include a Smart Connector. The report indicates Apple will release Smart Connector accessories for the iPad mini, but the report doesn’t specify what accessories will be released.
An entry-level iPad said to be codenamed “J181,” is set to receive an update with the A13 chip used in the iPhone 11 lineup.