Apple analyst and trusted leaker Ming-Chi Kuo said this week that the company is readying a new iPad mini to ship in late 2023 or sometime in the first half of 2024. It will be a refresh of last year’s model with a new processor.
The 6th generation iPad mini runs on a downclocked version of the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic processor – one step behind the iPhone 14’s A16 chip. The most likely candidate for an iPad mini 7 processor is the A16, keeping it a generation behind the 3nm-based A17 that’s expected to come with next year’s iPhone 15.
The most recent iPad Pro and iPad Air models dropped iPhone processors in exchange for the Apple Silicon Mac CPUs. An iPad mini could join them down the line, but it’s hard to say when.