iPad Mini 7: rumoured price and release date, likely features and more

Apple iPad Mini (2021) on a wooden table. Someone is drawing on screen using an Apple Pencil
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New iPads are on the way! Apple held a 'Let Loose' event on 7th May which saw the announcement of an OLED-toting iPad Pro. Unfortunately, the seventh-generation iPad Mini was not mentioned so we continue to wait for word on what to expect.

The iPad Mini is the smallest and most portable model in Apple's tablet family, and the next model looks to have some big upgrades, including more power, more RAM and possibly a larger screen, too.

Here's everything we know so far about the iPad Mini 7.

iPad Mini 7: release date rumours

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Apple's 'Let Loose' event took place on 7th May, and while the focus was solely on iPads, the new Mini did not make an appearance. The event focussed on the new iPad Pro (the first with an OLED screen) and a new version of the iPad Air

With the lack of an announcement for a new iPad Mini, it is unclear when it will be available, which is a shame as the model is due for a refresh – the last version launched all the way back in 2021.

iPad Mini 7: price hearsay

There's very little word on price for the iPad Mini 7 yet. That's not surprising, given that the price is usually one of the last things to be decided about a new device.

One source posting on South Korean social network Clien (via TechRadar) reckons the new Mini will cost a little more than the iPad Mini 6. That wouldn't be surprising, given that that that model is three years old now, and prices are bound to rise.

The Mini 6 costs £479 / $499 / AU$749, so we could see the Mini 7 costing around £499 / $519 / AU$799. But nothing is set in stone.

iPad Mini 7: possible specs

The Apple iPad Mini (2020) in landscape propped up with a stand, with an Apple Pencil lying in front of it

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Improvements are a given, but just what improvements will be made is less clear.

According to the same Clien source mentioned earlier, the iPad Mini 7 will have the same A15 Bionic chipset as the current model, but with a slightly higher clock speed. But another source (via 9to5Mac) says we can expect a new chipset – something also mentioned by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, and noted Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, which definitely lends it credence. Either way, the tablet should deliver slightly nippier performance.

Other rumoured new specs give the tablet 4GB of RAM, and an entry-level capacity of 128GB, up from 64GB on the iPad Mini 6. That would make sense – people need more storage than ever, and 128GB would match the iPhone 15's lowest available capacity.

The iPad Mini 6 suffers from an issue known as 'jelly scrolling' – where the screen 'tears' during scrolling in portrait orientation, making text and images look fragmented due to varying refresh rates. According to one source (via MacRumors), this should be much less noticeable (or hopefully eliminated altogether) on the iPad Mini 7 thanks to the way the screen is assembled. But then the same source claimed the iPad Mini 7 would launch in October 2023 alongside the iPad Air 6, so we'll take this one with a pinch of salt.

Could the iPad Mini 7 get bigger? South Korean site ET News (via 9to5Mac) reported that it's not just the iPad Pro that will be getting an OLED screen, but multiple models of iPad, including the iPad Mini. It claims the Mini's screen will grow from its current 8.3 inches to 8.7. If Apple finds a way to slim down the bezel even more, it could possibly maintain the current device's footprint. However, this device isn't said to be launching until 2026, so is most likely the iPad Mini 8.

iPad Mini 7: early verdict

There has not been word on when the next generation of iPad Mini will arrive, so we eagerly anticipate any news. The Mini has always been reviewed well, and while its smaller screen makes it less stunning as a portable cinema than its larger siblings, it's still a very good device for its size. Here's hoping the next model can bring some meaningful upgrades.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.