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MacRumors
Aug 26, 2013, 10:11 AM
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A new set of images that appear to show the rear shell for the rumored second-generation iPad mini have been posted by Sonny Dickson (http://sonnydickson.com/2013/08/26/close-ipad-mini-2-back-housing/). Although no additional information was posted alongside the pictures, it unsurprisingly appears that the new iPad mini will have a form factor almost identical to the present model, confirming previous rumors (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/12/apple-to-release-thinner-fifth-generation-ipad-and-retina-ipad-mini-in-last-three-months-of-2013/)*that the upgrade will be mainly incremental in nature with the potential exception of a new Retina display.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/ipad_mini_2_cellular_shell_1.jpg
The shell displays no information apart from the embedded Apple logo, which differs from the current model where the logo is printed directly onto the exterior of the case. The images are very similar to ones that*leaked in early August (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/02/next-generation-ipad-minis-silver-rear-shell-with-embedded-black-apple-logo-appears-in-new-photos/), but it appears that the logo shown here may actually be silver instead what was thought to be black on the original photo set. Given the mirrored finish of the Apple logo on the iPad mini, it may appear silver or black from various viewing angles.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/ipad_mini_2_cellular_shell_2.jpg
The new photos also unsurprisingly indicate that the second-generation iPad mini will be available in both Wi-Fi and cellular models, as this particular part includes the plastic strip at the top where the cellular antenna is housed.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/ipad_mini_2_cellular_shell_3.jpg
The second-generation iPad mini is expected to feature (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/12/apple-to-release-thinner-fifth-generation-ipad-and-retina-ipad-mini-in-last-three-months-of-2013/) a Retina display and launch during the fourth quarter of this year. Apple is also expected to release an updated full-size iPad around the same time, with the new iPad taking design cues from the iPad mini by including narrower side bezels and a thinner, more rounded shell.

Article Link: Next-Generation iPad Mini Rear Shell Appears Again in New Photos (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/26/next-generation-ipad-mini-rear-shell-appears-again-in-new-photos/)



darkslide29
Aug 26, 2013, 10:24 AM
Do we know if this is back plate is looking a little thicker to accomodate a larger battery for powering the Retina screen?
(Similar to the thickness increase of the iPad 2 to iPad 3)

asthamapheo
Aug 26, 2013, 10:49 AM
why is that looking like plastic:(, i'm worried. i hope it offers the retina display this time.

markintosh
Aug 26, 2013, 10:51 AM
why is that looking like plastic:(, i'm worried. i hope it offers the retina display this time.

Um, the plastic look probably has something to do with the plastic wrap the shell is in...

RCS31
Aug 26, 2013, 11:04 AM
why is that looking like plastic, i'm worried. i hope it offers the retina display this time.

To protect the shell temporarily perhaps?

Michaelgtrusa
Aug 26, 2013, 11:17 AM
He's making money.

VanillaCracker
Aug 26, 2013, 11:20 AM
Retina or die.

jav6454
Aug 26, 2013, 11:21 AM
Retina or die.

Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

iMerik
Aug 26, 2013, 11:27 AM
When can I buy that red stand I keep seeing and what other colors does it come in? :p

Nicky G
Aug 26, 2013, 11:34 AM
I SURE HOPE the new iPad mini is a) retina and b) still fits in the awesome Logitech Ultrathin Bluetooth keyboard case I own for my current 1st-gen mini. If both of the above are true, I will buy one without question. If the new one is retina but doesn't fit in the case, I will consider it. If it's neither retina nor fits in my bluetooth keyboard case, I don't think I'm going to feel compelled to purchase. And admittedly, considering I tend to buy every new iOS device the day they're released, that will be saying something.

Tjosansa
Aug 26, 2013, 12:06 PM
Full size ipad has the apple showing inside the shell..
I hope there will be an apple shining with light :-))

smulji
Aug 26, 2013, 12:13 PM
Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

Tell that to the 2nd generation Nexus 7.

Battlefield Fan
Aug 26, 2013, 12:17 PM
Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

"According to BrightWire, AU Optronics is manufacturing a 7.9in screen with a resolution of 2,048x1,536."

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/tablet-pcs/1297756/ipad-mini-2-specs-price-features-news-rumours

What was that?

BigBeast
Aug 26, 2013, 12:32 PM
Retina or die.

See you at the funeral.

dasx
Aug 26, 2013, 12:37 PM
I'm afraid the first Retina Mini will be as a failure as the iPad 3 was and they'll have to introduce the iPad Mini 3 in March.

VanillaCracker
Aug 26, 2013, 12:38 PM
Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

What do you think makes retina not "feasible" right now?

Google made it "feasible" for the Nexus 7 to have to a 1080p display, in a much cheaper tablet.

(Speaking of competition here, not Apple's tactics vs. Google's)

bushido
Aug 26, 2013, 12:48 PM
who would buy this if its still non retina? no new design, no retina just slightly faster. see no selling point or marketing advantage without one

basically the same thing as one year ago

robertpetry
Aug 26, 2013, 12:49 PM
Tell that to the 2nd generation Nexus 7.

Apples and oranges (no pun intended).

Apple needs to make 15-20 times as many Mini's as Google does the Nexus 7. As a matter of fact, Apple will need more launch week Mini's than Google will EVER make of the Nexus 7 (or at least for the first 4-6 months of the Nexus lifecycle).

You do not understand the issues surrounding the quantity Apple needs. There is no comparison.

It will be retina - and a higher density than the Nexus, but give them a break for not doing it sooner.

ThatGuyZeb
Aug 26, 2013, 12:50 PM
I would've been heartbroken if they changed the size.

I've been waiting for Otterbox (who bought Lifeproof) to come out with a "nud" iPad mini case or an Otterbox Armor case. Either way, hopefully we can expect some good new cases that will be backwards compatible with the existing hardware.

appleisking
Aug 26, 2013, 12:57 PM
Must be the odd angle or the picture or something but I could swear that looks like a full-sized rather than a mini.

lewdvig
Aug 26, 2013, 01:37 PM
I like the idea of having a faster SOC and retina screen, but I love the current mini's crazy battery life and super fast charging. I think you would lose some of the battery life and unless it comes witha 20 watt charger probably the fast charging too.

For $275 (the price for a new 16 GB here in Canada at Futureshop ($300-$25 if you checkout with Paypal, free shipping) I think the 1st gen is pretty good. I was going to buy the new N7 but for $50 more I think Apple's value proposition is better.

IMO the app store and compatibility with iTunes content I have makes the mini a better deal even for more money and lower specs.

animatedude
Aug 26, 2013, 01:49 PM
embedded Apple logo+Retina Display=Yes Please. ;)

KylePowers
Aug 26, 2013, 03:13 PM
who would buy this if its still non retina? no new design, no retina just slightly faster. see no selling point or marketing advantage without one

basically the same thing as one year ago
Just like how the 3GS, 4S, and soon 5S were mere hardware upgrades to their predecessor? If the Mini doesn't have retina, they'll find a way to spin the hardware upgrades into "amazing" and "magical" must-have features.

robertpetry
Aug 26, 2013, 05:02 PM
I'm afraid the first Retina Mini will be as a failure as the iPad 3 was and they'll have to introduce the iPad Mini 3 in March.

I wish you could vote down a post here. This is BS.

I'm using my launch day ipad 3 now and it has been much better than my iPad 1 or 2. You are totally exaggerating to just be a pain in the axx or you don't know what you are talking about.

Virginaustralia
Aug 26, 2013, 05:04 PM
It just looks like photos of the current one

Xeyad
Aug 26, 2013, 07:07 PM
I still don't think a Retina Mini is coming this year. The current Mini is still selling like crazy, and even the new Nexus 7 isn't holding it back. The technology is there, and Apple can do it, but I think this year is all about the iPad 5, and trying to bring iPad Mini customers to the full size iPad.

If the iPad 5 gets the Mini's design, then it'll be smaller, narrower, thinner, and lighter, bringing it a closer level in terms of size to the Mini. So you end up with a slightly larger device, but with Retina Display. I can see a lot of current Mini customers switching to the iPad 5, and paying $499 (w/ higher profit margins) to Apple instead of $329. If the Mini gets Retina, then it'll another year for the Mini killing big iPad sales, and shareholders won't be happy because it has less profit margins, and that what matters to Apple.

For this year, I think the Mini 2 will get the A6 chip, a lot more battery life, which will be similar inline with the Macbook Air update we saw at WWDC. Maybe they'll introduce a game controller or some new colors to differentiate it from the 1st gen. As for the iPad 5, it'll get the new design, Retina Display, and some other killer feature.

adnbek
Aug 26, 2013, 09:19 PM
I'm afraid the first Retina Mini will be as a failure as the iPad 3 was and they'll have to introduce the iPad Mini 3 in March.

The iPad 3 used an A5X processor which was underpowered for that resolution. Most likely the new Mini, if it is retina, will have the A6X which is more than capable at that resolution.

Xiroteus
Aug 26, 2013, 09:21 PM
Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

I have a feeling a lot of people are not buying that reason. It does not even have to be insanely high just better than the low resolution it is now. If others can do it for less money I'm sure Apple can.

jav6454
Aug 26, 2013, 10:21 PM
I have a feeling a lot of people are not buying that reason. It does not even have to be insanely high just better than the low resolution it is now. If others can do it for less money I'm sure Apple can.

Others sure can by sacrificing quality.

Xiroteus
Aug 26, 2013, 11:50 PM
Others sure can by sacrificing quality.

Possible, however Apple is also more expensive to make up for that. It really needs a higher resolution to not get even further behind. It is also a deal breaker for many people me included. A higher resolution is a big selling feature.

BvizioN
Aug 27, 2013, 01:41 AM
I wish you could vote down a post here. This is BS.

I'm using my launch day ipad 3 now and it has been much better than my iPad 1 or 2. You are totally exaggerating to just be a pain in the axx or you don't know what you are talking about.

Agreed. I had iPad 3 (the new iPad called then) and it was fantastic. Slightly thicker but I didn't really mind. I just can't find any reason why someone would call it a faliure!!

asthamapheo
Aug 27, 2013, 09:40 AM
Um, the plastic look probably has something to do with the plastic wrap the shell is in...

let's hope so, a cheap ipad would be a BAD idea.

dasx
Aug 29, 2013, 02:13 PM
The iPad 3 used an A5X processor which was underpowered for that resolution. Most likely the new Mini, if it is retina, will have the A6X which is more than capable at that resolution.

Yeah, maybe. But I was also referring to the fact that it'll still be "the first Mini with Retina". There usually are "things" with products that include big changes.

I wish you could vote down a post here. This is BS.

I'm using my launch day ipad 3 now and it has been much better than my iPad 1 or 2. You are totally exaggerating to just be a pain in the axx or you don't know what you are talking about.

Hey man, think whatever you want, but I'm not the only one thinking like that. A lot of users in these forums think that way, including the user I quoted right before you. (guessing here based on your post adnbek, correct me if I'm wrong)

WTH, even Apple thinks like that apparently as they felt the need to launch the iPad 4 only six months after the iPad 3 launch and they even offered iPads 4 to those people who had bought an iPad 3 in the last month.

I've owned an iPad 3 since launch day myself which I sold two days ago for 360 (white, 64GB, wifi only), so I do know what I'm talking about. iPad 3 was a mistake.

I'm not saying it's ****, I'm saying it was not the product it should've been. The main proof is the fact that there are games that can run full graphs on the iPad 4, iPad 2 and the Mini but can't on the iPad 3. Its processor did not have power enough as to move that screen at full performance. PERIOD.