Sketchy rumor claims iPad mini might still arrive in 2023

in iPad edited September 25

A report on iPad sales stagnating claims is making the questionable claim that the situation may change with a new iPad mini release before the end of 2023.

2021 iPad mini outdoors
2021 iPad mini

While previous rumors have pegged the fall for a new iPad mini 7, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has repeatedly been saying no, that it is "unlikely" there will be any new iPad models before 2024.

However, a report from Digitimes on Monday claims that Apple will be launching a new iPad mini before 2023 ends.

"In the second quarter, iPad shipments had a sequential decline higher than those of non-iPad tablets," said a report on sales by Digitimes, "resulting in iPads' combined shipment share seeing two consecutive quarters of decline."

"However, the share will gradually pick up during the second half because of Apple's inventory replenishment needs in the third quarter," it continues, "and orders for a new small-size iPad in the fourth quarter, the figures show."

Digitimes has a strong track record for its supply chain sources, but a significantly poorer one for the conclusions it draws from that data about Apple's plans. Monday's report is the latter class, more than the former.

Separately, it has recently been reported that Apple had been considering introducing an iPad Pro in 2023, but that it was going to be a new 14-inch model.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    I certainly hope so. I’ll be the first one to upgrade from the current model.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    I was actually expecting to buy an Air or a base iPad this fall as I sold (at a heavy discount) my iPad to a friend who wanted to get one for his daughter to use. 

    I’d love to see them release an M2 Air with Face ID (if the Pros go OLED in the next version it would make sense to bring Face ID to the Air.)
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