November 30, 2023

The iPhone 15 launch is behind us, however extra Apple merchandise would possibly come our manner this fall. Rumors say that Apple will refresh a couple of iPad fashions within the coming months, together with the iPad Air and iPad mini. These possible gained’t be huge updates, simply spec bumps that each fashions want. On high of that, there could be a brand new iPad 11 on the way in which. And, as unlikely as it might sound, new M3 MacBook Execs.

The iPad mini 7 is essentially the most fascinating proposition for this iPhone 14 Professional consumer, partly because of the truth that I haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 15 Professional. I don’t plan on shopping for both iPhone 15 Professional mannequin. However I wouldn’t thoughts gaining access to that A17 Professional chip. It might be wishful considering, however I hope the iPad mini 7 will get the A17 Professional therapy.

I’ll tackle the largest downside with the A17 Professional proper now. Apple has reportedly bought TSMC’s complete 3nm manufacturing capability for the next years. The Taiwanese chipmaker will manufacture the A17 Professional and varied M3 variations (base M3, Max, Professional, and Extremely) utilizing its 3nm tech.

It’s unclear whether or not Apple can manufacture sufficient A17 Professional items for the iPhone 15 Professional fashions. If it will possibly’t, the A17 Professional improve I need for the iPad mini 7 can’t occur. Apple will use the chip for gadgets that promote for no less than $999. The iPad mini 6 begins at $499.

The iPhone 15 Professional’s new A17 Professional chip.

Attributable to its dimension, the iPad mini could be the right iPad alternative for me. The pill options an 8.3-inch show and weighs beneath 300 grams. Apple will possible maintain the identical design for the iPad mini 7, together with the display screen dimension and weight.

The iPad mini 6 was launched in September 2021, that includes the identical A15 Bionic chip Apple used for the iPhone 13 sequence. Apple launched the gadgets on the identical time.

Rumors say the iPad mini 7 will get higher specs. However an improve to the M1 or M2 chip appears out of the query for the smaller pill. Due to this fact, the one prospects left are the A16 Bionic that powers the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, or the A17 Professional contained in the iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max.

Going for the latter would let Apple flip the iPad mini 7 into a tool that may provide unbelievable efficiency. It might be a pill able to operating the $60 console-grade video games coming to the iPhone 15 Professional/Max and the iPad Professional and Air fashions with an M1 chip or higher.

iPhone 15 Pro vs. M2 Pro Macbook Pro Geekbench 6 benchmark comparison.
iPhone 15 Professional vs. M2 Professional Macbook Professional Geekbench 6 benchmark comparability. Picture supply: Geekbench

As a reminder, the A17 Professional outperformed the M1 and M2 in benchmark checks, which is spectacular efficiency for the iPhone chip. The iPad mini 7 would basically grow to be an amazing iPad Professional different, similar to the iPad Air.

Giving the iPad mini 7 the identical energy would additionally future-proof the machine. The iPad mini doesn’t get annual updates. An improve to the absolute best A-series chip will make sure that the 2023 iPad mini can final for a number of years in Apple’s lineup.

Then once more, the iPad mini begins at $499 proper now. If Apple needs to maintain that beginning worth in place for the iPad mini 7, the A16 Bionic could be the higher alternative for the pill.

It’s unclear when or even when Apple will announce new 2023 iPads. Apple often launches new merchandise in October, however we don’t have dates or estimates for Apple’s subsequent bulletins.