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The end of August is nigh, and September is quickly approaching. Yes, I know — technically, there is one more week of August, but I’m taking a much-needed vacation and will return at the end of the month, so this will be the last column before September arrives! And boy, do we have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s dive right in.
As you may already know, Apple usually holds a September event, and we’re definitely expecting the iPhone 13. But according to a new report, an iPhone launch may not be Apple’s only event next month. Instead, it is possible that we’ll be getting a series of events for multiple product launches, including a new base-model iPad. With this next iteration of the entry-level iPad, we may see a thinner design, but don’t count on that Home button going anywhere just yet. And, of course, a new processor, but that’s a given at this point.
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Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised that the Home button on the most affordable iPad is staying. After all, believe it or not, there are still people out there who actually don’t want to move on to Face ID for whatever reason. The iPhone SE (2020) has done well because not just because it has a low price but because it is the only iPhone model that still has a Home button for the holdouts. I am curious if the iPad going “thinner” means that it may be more in line with the flat edges of pretty much every other device, though, and keep a Home button. I suppose we won’t know until Apple unveils it, which may be in a couple of weeks.
While we’re on the topic of iPads, it seems that the iPad mini 6 is getting its time to shine this year with an impending redesign. According to a leaked iPad mini 6 case, we should see thinner bezels, and the Home button will be removed — like other iPads such as the iPad Air and iPad Pro. But, this case mold isn’t perfect — it seems to indicate that the power and volume buttons are at the top of the device, which would be a little out of place. Of course, this can either be a mistake or part of the redesign that we’ll maybe find out in a few weeks. I have an older iPad mini 4 around the house, and it was a great little device for…