The long overlooked iPad mini seems to have finally gotten its day.
Last year the iPad mini 3 received barely an upgrade because the only change was an addition to the color option (gold) and a fingerprint sensor. Because such a minor upgrade was considered to be sort of a joke, most Apple enthusiasts wondered whether Apple was deciding to discontinue the line.
Contrastingly the iPad Air was more fortunate last year as the iPad Air 2 received a major change. The iPad Air 2 (priced at $451.85 at Amazon) was made extremely thin as compared to the previous models and it’s also faster and better than the iPad Air 1.
Thankfully there are a few leaks of Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings of the iPad mini 4. The new iPad mini 4 will apparently, according to the drawings, be the slimmest iPad mini model yet. The new version will be 6.1 mm thick. It will be almost the same thickness of the iPad Air 2. If this is true, the Cupertino-based company has managed to shave 1.5mms off the previous model. It will be interesting to see what possible effects this will have on the battery life and other features.
It is also expected that the iPad mini 4 will contain an A8 processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel iSight Camera. It will also contain anti-glare coating as well. According to well respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the iPad Mini 4 will be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2. It is not clear however if the new model will also include the much touted Force Touch feature introduced by Apple.
The images were circulated by OnLeaks, which is a very reliable source for iPhone leaks. So hopefully this upgrade will be announced this year. Indeed, if precedent is followed the new model will most probably be here by October.
However, we should take these rumors with caution as we are still not sure if Apple has in fact decided to introduce this new version as Apple has not officially stated that it has any such plans.
Let us know what you think about these purported changes to the iPad mini 4.