Ming-Chi Kuo: Foldable iPad mini by 2025 not likely, hints at a more premium device

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Well-versed industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo just shared his two cents on the rumors that Apple is developing a foldable iPad mini, which could put the company on the foldable device map. According to Kuo, such a move wouldn't take place, neither now nor in 2025, when the change is rumored to take place. 

Quite logically, Ming-Chi Kuo contemplates that a foldable Apple device would be a super-premium device, which doesn't really fit the nature of the iPad mini. Thus, either a more premium iPad family could be used as the proverbial vessel for the foldable iPad, or Apple could come with a new iPad series that will better reflect the foldable nature of the rumored device. 

Although foldable phones have been around for a few years now, Apple is yet to join in onto the foldable fun. 

Circling back on the iPad mini situation, Ming-Chi Kuo has it that a new iPad mini is currently in development over at Cupertino. The fresh new tablet is expected to come with a "new processor as the main selling point", and it doesn't take a genius to assume that either the M1 or M2 could be used to make the most compact iPad an appealing product. Apple's ARM-based performance silicon is already powering the iPad Pro and iPad Air lineup, so it makes sense that the iPad mini 7th Gen could score this improvement as well. 

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As far as a possible release date for the next iPad mini, Ming-Chi Kuo ponders a late 2023/early 2024 mass shipment, which hints at a possible announcement alongside the iPhone 15 generation in September 2023. 

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