Aluminum Cutout Allegedly Based on iPad Mini 6 Showcases Thinner Bezels, Larger Camera, Touch ID in Power Button

Images of an aluminum cutout allegedly based on the upcoming sixth-generation iPad mini have surfaced online. The cutout is largely in line with rumors of what we can expect in the ‌iPad mini‌ 6, including a larger display in lieu of a Home button, a thinner body, and flat edges.

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The images originated from the website techordo.com in cooperation with a leaker named xleaks7, whose track record for accurate leaks isn't very well established. The cutout showcases a design much in line with renders of the upcoming ‌iPad mini‌ shared by Apple leaker Jon Prosser earlier in June.

One interesting new change the images depict is the relocation of the volume buttons. The volume buttons on iPads have always been on the right side, however, the images show the buttons relocated to the top, on the opposite side of the power button.

The new ‌iPad mini‌ will take inspiration from the updated iPad Air and iPad Pro by ditching the Home Button in favor of an all-screen design. Apple is unlikely to provide users with Face ID embedded into the bezel and is expected instead to integrate Touch ID into the power button, similar to the ‌iPad Air‌. It's also expected to feature a faster processor and possibly USB-C.

Reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman has reported that the new iPad mini is on track to be released this fall, alongside new iPhones, Apple Watches, AirPods, and MacBook Pros.

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Top Rated Comments

zombierunner Avatar
35 months ago
Looks like an iPad Air mini. I want an iPad Pro mini.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boak Avatar
35 months ago
The bezel looks similar to iPad Air 4. Just looks bigger because of proportionality.

Volume buttons have been shifted to support Apple Pencil 2/3(?).
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Benjamin Nabulsi Avatar
35 months ago
The frame looks too thick..
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
devoutappler Avatar
35 months ago
Ive been waiting 6 years since fall of 2015 to get a new mini. Please dont have the same design I cant wait longer anymore…
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
35 months ago
As you can see on this image, the volume up and down buttons would be now on top of the iPad. While I don’t see the convenience of this location for a normal, portrait orientation, it could be much more confortable on a landscape orientation.

I’d like this to be the new position going forward for the volume buttons on those iPads that are usually used with a keyboard on a landscape orientation. Changing the volume would be much easier with the device in landscape, as the buttons fall on the bottom left corner, near the physical keyboard.

Now, if this future iPad mini won’t have a smart connector for a physical keyboard, this new location for the volume buttons makes little sense.

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Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
eicca Avatar
35 months ago
That double agent leaker dude has been doing a great job…
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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