New iPad mini 7 (2022) release date, price & specs (2023)

All the latest leaks, news and rumours about Apple's upcoming 7th-gen iPad mini.

ByMartyn Casserly, ContributorNew iPad mini 7 (2022) release date, price & specs (1)
| 19 Jan 22


  • >When will the iPad mini 7 be released?
  • >How much will the new iPad mini 7 (2022) cost?
  • >What new features will we see in the iPad mini 7?
Apple's smallest iPad was given a substantial facelift at the end of 2021, removing the Home button and increasing the display size for the first time since the model was first introduced all the way back in 2012. So, with the mini celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2022, what will Apple do to make the occasion? Here's all we know so far about the new iPad mini 7th generation (2022).

When will the iPad mini 7 be released?

There's been no official announcements from Apple regarding the next version of the iPad mini, so at the moment it remains mere speculation when it might arrive. To give us some insight, here's when the last few models made their debuts:
  • iPad mini 6th generation: September 2021
  • iPad mini 5th generation: September 2019
  • iPad mini 4th generation: September 2015
As you can see, September is the traditional month in which the new iPad mini appears, although the release pattern in terms of years is a bit scattershot. The four-year gap between the 4th and 5th generation is unusual for Apple, and led many to speculate that the mini had been quietly retired before the 5th generation was released.
iPads generally don't receive yearly updates consistently, as consumers don't upgrade them at the same rate as say an iPhone, so it looks likely that the iPad mini 7 might not launch until September 2023. We could be wrong, of course, but at the moment we haven't seen anything to contradict that idea. September will reveal all.

How much will the new iPad mini 7 (2022) cost?

The arrival of the redesigned iPad mini 6th generation saw an increase in price over the previous model. No doubt, this is because of the more expensive construction and upgraded components. Here's how they compared:
  • iPad mini 6th generation: £479/$499
  • iPad mini 5th generation: £379/$399
As Apple has already made the leap to the new styling and features in the 6th generation, we think it's likely that the price stays the same for the 7th generation.

What new features will we see in the iPad mini 7?

It's been surprisingly quiet on the rumours front so far, with hardly any reports online from the usual leakers and insider sources which have proven rich pickings in past years. Here's what we've managed to uncover.

Display with 120Hz refresh rate

The only real thing of note we've seen came from a South Korean social media post that said Apple had ordered 8.3in displays from Samsung which support 120Hz maximum refresh rates. If this is true, and that's a big if, then it could see the next mini offer the ProMotion feature that would provide ultra-smooth scrolling. This would address the minor issue of 'jelly scrolling' that some users have complained about with the current iPad mini.
We remain somewhat sceptical of this though, as 'jelly scrolling' is pretty standard on LCD displays, were text appears to wobble as you scroll up and down pages, as it's the nature of the way displays refresh images. Also, ProMotion has remained one of the differentiators between the standard and Pro iPad models.

Increased storage for base model

On the current iPad mini 6th generation, the base model starts off with a rather paltry 64GB of storage. For a device like an iPad, where you can store movies, TV shows, books, comics, magazines, games and a wide range of apps, that amount can often become a problem, especially if you want to take your iPad away on holiday or use it for your commute without needing to manage the storage.
Although Apple has something of a history for giving base-models low storage capacities, we think it would be a wise move to upgrade the entry-level iPad mini 7th generation to at least 128GB. File sizes are growing all the time, due to higher quality cameras and software, so doubling the existing 64GB would be a very consumer-friendly solution.
Along these lines, there's also the possibility that the upper limit of the storage could be increased. At the time of writing, the most storage available on the iPad mini 6th generation is 256GB. Moving up to 512GB would be the logical step, especially if the baseline storage moves to 128GB.

New colours

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One of the most obvious changes to the iPad mini 6th generation was the new palette of colours that Apple made available.
While you can currently select between Space Grey, Pink, Purple and Starlight, there are several interesting hues available on the iPad Air 4th generation which also received a new look recently. These include Silver, Rose Gold, Green and Sky Blue. It would therefore seem reasonable to assume that some of these make it to the mini format, giving an instant boost to the options for customers.

iPad Pro features

Aside from the features listed above, we could see some of the capabilities from the iPad Pro models trickling down to its more diminutive cousin. These could include the LiDAR Scanner, Face ID, M1 processors, additional cameras, Audio zoom and brighter displays. It's more likely that Apple will retain these for the Pros, but even if one or two make it to the mini, that would make the new model a very tempting proposition.
We'll update this article as more details become available, but until then, be sure to read our iPad buying guide to see which models we'd recommend if you want to buy one of Apple's tablets today. And check our roundup of the best iPad deals for the latest bargains on the current range.


What iPad will be released in 2022? ›

The 2022 iPad Pro range is, once again, expected to come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. But design changes appear to be afoot for the iPad Pro 2022, and we've heard of a couple so far.

Is iPad 7th generation the newest iPad? ›

It features a 10.2-inch Retina display and is powered by the Apple A10 Fusion processor. It is the successor to the 9.7-inch 6th-generation iPad. The device was revealed on September 10, 2019, and released on September 25, 2019.
iPad (7th generation)
10.2-inch iPad
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
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What is the next iPad MINI? ›

iPad mini 6th generation: September 2021. iPad mini 5th generation: September 2019.

How big is the iPad mini 7th generation? ›

10.2-inch Retina display.

Which iPads are still supported 2022? ›

If you own one of these devices in 2022, you're in excellent shape:
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch), 5th generation.
  • iPad Pro (11-inch), 3rd generation.
  • iPad Air, 5th generation.
  • iPad mini, 6th generation.
  • iPad, 9th generation.
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Is there a new iPad air coming out in 2022? ›

Apple iPad Air (2022) review: Release date and price

The iPad Air 5 (2022) releases in the United States on March 18 with a starting price of $599 for the 64GB configuration with Wi-Fi (opens in new tab), and it comes in your choice of 5 colors: Blue, Pink, Purple, Starlight and Space Gray.

Is iPad 7th Gen 2022 Good? ›

iPad 7th Generation In 2022! (Still Worth It?) (Review) - YouTube

Is the iPad 7th generation worth it in 2021? ›

It's not as powerful as Apple's newer iPads – the 2021 range are bonkers-good – or its Pro model iPads, but for basic, normal usage, the 7th generation 2019 iPad will be perfectly adequate.

Is iPad 7th Gen worth buying 2021? ›

iPad 7th Generation in 2021 - Is It Worth It? - YouTube

How much will the iPad MINI 2021 cost? ›

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The price starts at $499 for the 64GB configuration, and you can upgrade to 256GB for $150 — which brings you to $649. LTE cellular connectivity costs $150 more, bringing the max price to $899.

How big is the iPad mini 2021? ›

8.3 inches

Is iPad mini 6 coming? ›

Apple officially announced the iPad mini 6 during the iPhone 13 announcement event. Following that, the iPad mini 6 began shipping on Friday, September 24, 2021.

How big is the iPad mini 2022? ›

The overall body is 8.3 inches (roughly 3 inches smaller than the Pro and 0.4 inches bigger than the Mini 2019) but the display is almost edge-to-edge, giving you much more screen space to game, doodle, or check out which new watch you should have on your wrist.

How much did the iPad 7th generation cost? ›

The new seventh-generation iPad packs even more value into the most popular, most affordable iPad model.

Is iPad 7th Generation 5G compatible? ›

While both devices, introduced Tuesday, are substantial upgrades of Apple's volume and midrange iPads, neither is 5G-compatible. Like all iPads, Apple is offering Wi-Fi-only versions as well as models equipped to run on existing LTE networks.

Will there be an iPhone 13 mini? ›

Introduced on September 14, 2021, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are Apple's newest flagship iPhones at the more affordable end, and are being sold alongside the more expensive iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are ideal for those who don't need pro-level camera features.

Will iPhone 5s still work in 2022? ›

AT&T recently announced that it's going to shut down its 3G service on February 22, 2022. This means that some older devices will no longer work after that date, including the iPhone 5s and earlier models.

What is the lifespan of an iPad? ›

As a rule of thumb, if your iPad is more than five years old, you'll probably notice slower performance. On the other hand, you could be happily using an iPad from six or seven years ago with no major problems. To get an idea of how long your iPad should last, start by identifying your iPad model.

Is iPad Air 2022 worth buying? ›

I think the new iPad Air is the best built iPad in recent times. The iPad mini is too small for most users, while it's nearly impossible to use the iPad Pro with just one hand. The iPad Air (2022) finds the balance and is comfortable for taking notes, watching movies and attending video calls.

What can iPad Air 2022 do? ›

Apple's 2022 iPad Air ($599) is the epitome of a mobile tablet, with a nearly perfect balance of features and performance. The company's M1 chip is impressively powerful, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil makes the new Air a better creative tool than its predecessor.

How much RAM does the iPad Air 2022 have? ›


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