According to a dubious report this weekend from 91Mobiles, one of Apple’s major distributors in the Asia-Pacific region is getting ready to stock new iPhone and iPad models starting next month, including a purported “iPhone 14 mini” and a 10th-generation iPad with a 10.2-inch display. However, the information is almost certainly inaccurate.
The information was reliably given by Evan Blass, who has already released photographs of the iPhone 12 and HomePod mini before their respective announcements, disclosed that the fourth-generation iPad Air will include an A14 processor and a USB-C connection, among other things. Blass is very good at what he does, but in this instance, the most recent information is probably false for a number of the reasons listed below.
First off, several reliable sources, including Ming-Chi Kuo, an esteemed Apple analyst, have said that an iPhone 14 small will not be part of the iPhone 14 range. The lineup will instead include two 6.1-inch versions (the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro) and two 6.7-inch variants, according Apple reports (the “iPhone 14 Max” and iPhone 14 Pro Max). For those who prefer a 5.4-inch screen, it’s feasible that Apple may keep the iPhone 13 small in its portfolio and offer it at a cheaper price.
Second, despite the report’s assertion that the 10.2-inch display on the entry-level iPad would remain the same, display industry expert Ross Young predicted that the bigger 10.5-inch display on the 10th-generation iPad will be part of the device’s reported revamp.
Third, despite the claim that the Apple distributor is getting ready to stock new iPad models in September, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted in his newsletter today that new iPads and Macs, including the 10th-generation iPad and iPad Pro models with the M2 chip, will be unveiled at an event in October. Gurman said that new iPads and Macs will be delivered in October in conjunction with the introduction of macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16, respectively.
We’re just a few weeks away from learning which new gadgets are coming and when, as Gurman reports that Apple plans to announce the iPhone 14 on September 7th. The event has not yet been formally announced by Apple.
After revising its report, 91Mobiles now states that the information it had on a “iPhone 14 mini” was “off-base” and that the report’s other aspects “should also be treated sceptically.”