Aluminum cutout allegedly based on iPad mini 6 surfaces

Rumors of the upcoming iPad mini 6 have been circulating for several months. Jon Prosser shows a concept of what the next model would look like, which would be based on the current iPad Air/Pro design.

Recently, images of an aluminum cutout of the alleged design have surfaced, and the cutout’s design is much in line with Prosser’s renders. These cutouts are typically used to model cases for upcoming models such as the upcoming iPhone 13.

There is one interesting design change. As the volume controls are always located on the right side of the iPad, this changes for the iPad mini.

According to this cutout image below, the volume controls are relocated to the top on the opposite side of the power button. This is most likely to make room for a larger camera, rather than making those buttons more reachable unlike the relocation of the power button on recent iPhones since the iPhone 6.

This new iPad mini is expected to have a design that follows that of the iPad Air/Pro and features a Touch ID-integrated power button, a faster processor, and USB-C.

Mark Gurman has reported that this iPad mini is on track to be released this fall, along with the upcoming ninth generation entry-level iPad with a thinner design and a faster processor.

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Nick Soong
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