Apple iPad Mini 7: What can you expect from Apple’s next?

Rumours are in the air that Apple is soon going to launch its latest gadget from the iPad mini series. It’s been more than two and a half years since the 6th generation of iPad mini was released. 2022, the 10th year of the launch of the first iPad mini went very unceremoniously without any new release. Will we get to see the Apple iPad Mini 7 in 2023? Or it will be released in 2024? While nothing has been announced officially yet, the guessing game is on! And when it comes to an upcoming Apple gadget, the guesses are never wild. It comes from observations, information, and most importantly expectations.

Source: CNN

Apple iPad Mini 7: The Rumoured Release Date

Now, unlike the iPad Pro models, Apple doesn’t upgrade their iPad mini models every year. If you see the release dates of the iPad Mini 5 and the iPad Mini 6, there’s a gap of a good two and a half years. So, will the history repeat itself? As much as we are expecting, will we get an upgrade this year? The launch of the iPhone 15th generation and Apple Watch Series 9 is already lined up for this year. But what about the iPad mini? No such announcements are made, even in Apple WWDC.

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Apple iPad Mini 7: Features to Look for

Tech enthusiasts are always eager to know what’s new in the latest Apple gadget. While sometimes, the tech giant surprises its fans with a drastic tech upgrade from one model to the next, disappointments are also not uncommon. While nothing is official yet about this next-gen iPad mini, let’s weigh the speculations floating around.

Source: TechGig

Upgraded Processor: As reported by Ming-Chi Kuo, the processor will be the key highlight of this upcoming gadget. In the iPad Mini 6, an A15 chip has been used. It is a down-clocked version of the same chip used in the iPhone 13 series. Now, there’s a possibility that Apple will either use an A16 chip, similar to the iPhone 14 series, or an advanced A17 chip, which will be introduced in the upcoming iPhone 15 series. Based on our research, the tech giant will go with the A16 chip, if the gadget is not released with the iPhone 15 series.

Improved Storage: One of the biggest disappointments with the iPad Mini 6 was its storage capacity. The storage in the entry-level model was 64GB. Then there was the 256GB model. No middle ground was created with a 128GB model. So it is hoped that this time, either Apple will release the entry-level model with 128GB storage and upgrade the highest storage capacity to 512GB, or it will release a 128GB variant with the 64GB one.

Screen Size & Display: Now, as a significant change was seen in the 6th generation iPad Mini, in comparison to the previous generation, it wouldn’t be wise to expect a bigger screen size in this upcoming model. So the screen size will be 8.3 inches, like the previous model. An interesting rumour that is circulating around is about the ProMotion display. It has a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz. But for that, Apple will have to upgrade the LCD that was used in the previous model.

Source: MacRumors

Smart Connector: Unlike the bigger iPads, the Mini series lacks the Smart Connector, which allows the user to connect the iPad with a keyboard. If Apple is planning to introduce this feature in the Mini series, the launch of this latest version will be a perfect opportunity.

Source: MacRumors

Design & Colour: Because of the upgraded look of the last version, even the most optimistic Apple fan will not bet on a drastic change in the design of the upcoming iPad Mini. But keeping in mind the new colour options in the last few Apple releases, we can expect the 7th generation iPad Mini in a few more colours.

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Apple iPad Mini 7: How much will be the price?

Experts don’t think that there will be a significant price difference between iPad Mini 6 and 7. At least at the entry level. One reason behind this speculation is not much is being upgraded in this upcoming version. But if Apple decides to introduce any new distinct feature, it will surely affect the price. For now, it is being assumed that the entry-level price will be somewhere near the price of iPad Mini 6th generation, about ₹50,000/-.

So, this is all that’s floating around about the Apple iPad Mini 7. While only the decision-makers in Apple know about what’s true and what’s not, the guessing game is on, like with any other Apple gadget. Now, if you are planning to upgrade your iPad, it’s better to wait for at least the announcement of the release date, before making any decision.

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Not Enough Storage Iphone & iPad Issue: How to Check and Fix

When the iPhone storage is full, iOS shows an alert saying “Not enough storage.” This is not exactly an error per se, rather it is a clear indication that the cluttered storage needs to be cleared by removing the redundant files. If you are looking to solve this issue, you must follow these tips.

Check Your iPhone/iPad Storage

First things first, make sure to check the types of data that is hogging the storage. It can help you spot the culprits that have cluttered your iPhone. As a result, you can take the appropriate action to eliminate unwanted files.

Head over to Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage. Now, iOS will show a breakdown of how storage has been consumed on your device. In most cases, it’s the photos, apps, and media that take the most space.

Declutter Your iOS Device by Deleting All the Unnecessary Files

Now that you know what is occupying the most space on your device, take the necessary action to wipe out everything that is no longer needed.

Start by cleaning up the redundant photos, screenshots, and videos. Bear in mind, when you delete photos/videos on your iOS device, they remain in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days after being deleted permanently. So, make sure to clean up this folder as well. Simply tap on the Albums > Recently Deleted > Select all the images and delete them.

Then, dive into each app and remove the unwanted data. For instance, you can remove unwanted WhatsApp chat history, iMessage chat threads, and clear Snapchat history to recover storage.

Take a look at Files app (the stock file manager app) as there may be a ton of redundant files lying around. Track down each of the useless files and remove them without fail. Besides, make sure not to overlook the Notes app as well since there may be plenty of outdated notes hidden into different shelves.

Delete All the Unnecessary Apps/Offload Useless Apps

Now, take a quick glance at all the apps installed on your device and delete the ones that you don’t use anymore. Deleting all the useless apps can help your iPhone retrieve a lot of valuable storage.

Just in case you don’t want to delete some apps, we would recommend you to take advantage of the offloading feature. What makes this iOS feature so helpful is that it can remove the apps without having to delete their documents and data.

When you enable the offloading feature (Setting > General > iPhone/iPad > Enable the option to Offload Unused Apps), iOS automatically deletes apps which you hardly use to prevent your iPhone from being cluttered for space. All the associated documents and data returns when you reinstall the app.

From what we can tell, it is a pretty smart storage management that can prevent unnecessary apps from eating precious storage of your iPhone and iPad.

What if iPhone or iPad Shows No Space but There’s Actually Space

If your iPhone or iPad indicates no available space despite knowing there’s room left, don’t worry—there are steps you can take to resolve this puzzling issue.

  1. Restart your Device

A simple restart can do wonders. Hold down the power button, swipe the slider, and turn your device back on. This often clears up any temporary glitches causing incorrect space readings.

  1. Clear Cache and Data

Certain apps can accumulate unnecessary data over time. Head to Settings > General > [Device] Storage. Here, you can review and delete data-heavy apps individually, freeing up space.

  1. Update Apps and System

Software updates frequently include bug fixes. Make sure your device and apps are up-to-date by visiting Settings > General > Software Update.

  1. Check iCloud Storage

If you use iCloud for photos, videos, and backups, ensure your iCloud storage isn’t full. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage.

  1. Clear Safari Cache

Open Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. This can help free up some space.

  1. Restart iCloud Sync

Toggle off iCloud for certain apps in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage. Turn off the switch for specific apps, then turn it back on.

  1. Restore from Backup

If nothing else works, restoring your device from a backup can sometimes resolve this issue. However, this should be a last resort, as it erases your device and reinstalls everything.

Tips to Keep the iPhone Decluttered

To avoid seeing not enough storage in iPhone or iPad notification, it is important to manage your storage. While managing storage may seem a rather tedious affair, it is actually quite straightforward. One of the best ways to manage storage is to keep a check on the ever-growing photos and videos as they take a lion’s share of storage in most cases.

One of the simplest yet pretty efficient ways to prevent the photos app from being overloaded is to stop the Camera app from saving both the normal and HD photos.

While it may be a great option for those who prefer to have flexibility, it may prove to be a nightmare (sort of) for normal Joes. Fortunately, you can turn it off with ease. To do so, head into Settings app > Camera and then turn off the toggle for Keep Normal Photos.

Just in case you are fond of shooting videos/images and love to keep them for ages, make the most of the unlimited free storage offered by Google Photos to store your memories without cluttering the device.

The only caveat of Google Photos’ unlimited free storage is that it compresses images/videos to save space. Though it may not be a deal-breaker for many, the ones who don’t want to compromise with the quality may not find it appreciable.

Google Photos does provide the option to store original quality images. However, the offered space is counted under the free 15GB storage that is provided by the search giant.

No talk of storage management would be complete without sorting out iMessages. Fortunately, Apple offers a neat way of removing the large attachments. All you need to do is to open Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage > Messages> Review Large Attachments. Now, review all the attachments and delete them.

That aside, the cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox can come in handy for keeping “Not enough storage” alert at bay.

As for managing music, avoid downloading music on your device as free music-streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music are more than capable of filling up the void.

Pro Tips to Fix iPad Pro Touch Screen Not Working/Unresponsive Issue

Apple iPads have long been the gold standard for tablets. Be it their standard iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air or the focus of this article, which is iPad Pro, all are packed with ingenious craftsmanship and premium features that beat their competition in the respective price segments.

While the iPad Pro is known for a fantastic retina display and top of the line cameras, it is also prone to common issues like the iPad touch screen not working at times. A lot of users have faced this issue where the bottom of their iPad screen is not working properly and seems to be unresponsive to any kind of touch or other activity. In this blog, we’ll cover some useful tips which you can employ to fix the iPad Pro touch screen unresponsive issue on your own.

So, What Could Be the Cause Behind the Unresponsive Issue on Your iPad Pro?

While it can be a cause of concern to find your precious iPad not responding to any touches, don’t start panicking or send a scathing email to the Apple support service. What you should do instead is look for problems yourself that could be making your iPad Pro screen unresponsive.

There can be more than one reason behind the unresponsive touch issue. For instance, it could be due to the faulty screen guard or damaged screen. An issue with the touch IC of the motherboard or problem with the daughterboard in case you have a 12.9” 1st Gen iPad Pro could be the reason as well. That’s not all, even software related problems can cause the touch to be unresponsive at times.

Therefore, we are going to delve into the issue from various perspectives and offer solutions accordingly.

Force Restart/Hard Reset Your iPad Pro

Hard reset aka force restart can fix several common issues like the black screen of death, app crashing or even random screen freezing. That is the reason why we often mention it in our troubleshooting guides.

Guess what, we have included force restart in this guide as well. So, make sure to try it out first before moving onto other solutions.

Force Restart iPad Pro with Face ID: Press and quickly release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button. After that, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Force Restart iPad Pro with Home Button: Press and hold the home button and power button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Once your iPad has rebooted, check out if the screen has started to behave normally. If it has, you are good to go.

Clean the Screen/Remove Screen Protector

If the force restart hasn’t fixed the unresponsive touch of your iPad Pro, simply try and clean the screen. Many times, dust and tiny particles of debris can pile up under the screen protector and become problematic. They not only make the screen sluggish, but also reduce the clarity.

So, ensure that the screen guard is free from any dust and smudge. If that doesn’t help, try removing the screen protector as it might also be creating a problem. Especially if the screen protector is cracked or coming off the edges after being in use for a long time. Furthermore, any improper contact between the actual screen and screen protector can also cause touch related issues.

Update the Unresponsive Screen/Delete the Unresponsive Apps and Reinstall Them

If your iPad Pro touch becomes unresponsive inside an app, chances are pretty high that the app might be at fault. And in this case, you should update the app to fix the issue. To do it, open the App Store on your iPad > Profile. Now, find the problematic app and update it as usual.

If the software update doesn’t sort out the sluggish Retina display of your iPad or if there is no update available for the specific app, try to delete the app and reinstall it. This way, you will be able to get rid of all the clutter related to the app and install the latest version of the same.

Turn on Touch Accommodations

One of the fixes that a lot of users have tried and were successful with is enabling Touch Accommodations in the settings. This seems to solve the random unresponsive touch screen issues in several iPad Pros. Here’s how you can do it for your device:

For iPadOS 13 or later: Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch Accommodations > and then turn on “Touch Accommodations”

For iPadOS 12 or earlier: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Touch Accommodations > and then turn on “Touch Accommodations”

No other steps are required and just turning on the feature can solve the issue, which makes it worth a try.

Update the Software

If the 12.9″ retina display still becomes unresponsive randomly, check if you are using the latest version of iOS/iPadOS on your device. The reason why we recommend you to go for the latest version of iOS/iPadOS is that Apple often releases software updates with several bug fixes and performance enhancements.

So, never fail to keep your iPad updated to the latest version. To do so, fire up the Settings app on your device and choose General. Now, select Software Update and then download/install the update.

Restore Your iPad Pro as New Using Finder/iTunes

In most cases, the software update should fix the unresponsive screen. However, if you are already at the latest available version or if you are facing the issue even after updating the device, you can try to restore your iPad Pro to factory defaults.

Bear in mind that it will delete all the existing data including apps and media. So, make sure you have fully backed up your iPad before going for this radical solution.

It’s worth keeping in mind that if you have a Mac running macOS Catalina, you will need to use Finder to restore your iPad. And if your Mac is running macOS Mojave or earlier or Windows PC, you need to use iTunes to restore the iPadOS device.

Simply connect your iPad Pro to your computer and launch iTunes/Finder. After that, select the device and hit Restore iPad. Then confirm that you want to restore the device.

No Respite Yet? Faulty Screen/Digitizer

If you have reached thus far, it’s time to look at the issue from the hardware perspective. Had it been related to software, the problem could have been resolved after the software update or the restore action.

There is a handy app called “Tool Checker” which works efficiently in identifying which section of the screen is unresponsive. As it’s available for free, you don’t need to spend any bucks to use it.

If the screen is not responding at specific points, it’s a clear indication that the display is at fault.

Contact iPad Repair Centre

Issues like the iPad Pro screen becoming unresponsive or the iPad touch screen not working when charging is quite common and is often discussed on various Apple forums online. Though the main cause behind the issue is yet to be found, it doesn’t mean that you can’t fix it.

While the above is a comprehensive list of remedies that you can perform yourself to fix your iPad Pro touch screen not working problem, you might need extra help at times. If the above hacks don’t work, then the problem most likely lies with the hardware and can be a cause for concern.

In that case, you should contact your nearest Apple Service Centre or a trusted repair centre like Rapid Repair to get your tablet looked at. The iPad Pro contains a motherboard as well as a daughterboard which increases its complexity. The component called Touch IC, present in the motherboard, is responsible for the touch functionality of the iPad and could be the main offender.

Luckily, Rapid Repair can sort it out for you, as a trusted service centre for Apple devices. We are known for our team of expert professionals who can fix your iPad Pro quickly and at an affordable price.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone and iPad

Did you accidentally delete important text messages from your iPhone? Worry not. Most of us have done it at some point or the other. So yes, we can feel your pain.

Fortunately, there are many ways to recover deleted text messages from an iPhone or iPad. So, you may now stop cursing yourself for the mistake and go through this detailed guide to learn the most reliable ways to restore deleted iPhone/iPad text messages.

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Restore Deleted iPhone/iPad Texts Using iCloud Backup

One of the most reliable ways to retrieve deleted iPhone/iPad messages is through the iCloud Backup. Yes, you read it right. If you had an iCloud backup before the accidental deletion of the messages then you can get them back with ease.

First, navigate to the Settings > Profile > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. Now, check the date of the iCloud backup to ensure you have the right back.

After that, head over to Settings > General > Reset. Now, tap on Erase All Content and Settings to wipe off all the existing data on your device.

Next, set up your device as usual. During the setup, restore your device from the iCloud backup. Once your device has been successfully restored, the deleted messages will be back on your iOS/iPadOS device.

Restore Deleted iOS/iPadOS Texts Using iTunes/Finder Backup

Another easy way to restore deleted texts is by using iTunes or Finder backup on your iPhone. Again make sure you have the backup before the messages were deleted.

It is worth noting that you will need iTunes on your Mac running Mojave or earlier or Windows PC. And if your Mac is powered by macOS Catalina or later, you will need to use Finder to restore your device from the backup.

Connect your iPhone to your computer and fire up iTunes/Finder. Then, select your device and hit Restore Backup. After that, select the preferred backup to restore your device.

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Recover Deleted iOS/iPadOS Text Messages By Using Third-Party Data Recovery Software

Last but not least, you can recover deleted texts on your iPhone by using third-party data recovery software. Most of the time, a deleted message remains in the flash storage of the device until it is overwritten by new data. Hence, data recovery software can retrieve data.

Keep in mind that the iPhone/iPad data recovery software requires you to spend some bucks before being able to retrieve your lost data, including the text messages. Some of the tools that we have tried and found quite reliable are Tenoshare UltDataWondershare Dr. Fone, and PhoneRescue.

Notably, most data recovery tools offer a free trial so that you can try them without having to dole out any money. And, if the freemium version lives up to your expectations, you may even upgrade to the premium version.

Bottom Line:

So, here are some viable ways to recover accidentally-deleted text messages on iOS or iPadOS. Now that you know how this hack works, make the most of it and never lose any important messages.

Based on several years of expertise in dealing with Apple devices at Rapid Repair, we can tell you that iTunes/iCloud backup often works in restoring the deleted data. That is why we always recommend our readers keep the latest backup of the device.

Though rarely, but still iPhone is not immune to hazards or sudden crashing that may result in data loss. Therefore, it is apt to go for the additional layer of safeguard in the form of a timely backup.

Retrieving deleted data seems quite straightforward when you have a backup. As for using third-party data recovery tools, you should try them as last resort. And that too after giving a close look at the freemium offerings.

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