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Old Mar 26, 2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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What Processor Will Be in the Mini 2?

Many in the Apple community have assumed that the new iPad Mini will have a retina display, but the retina display in the iPad, supposedly, requires the added graphical power of the A5X/A6X/A7X (which consume more power and produce more heat.) If it is true that the new iPad Mini will have a retina display, what processor do you think the iPad Mini will have? Put the reasons you think this in the comments below.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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I think it will get the A6X if it gets a retina display and the 5th gen iPad will get the A7X.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 09:05 AM   #4
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If it's retina, I say A6X, if not retina then A6.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 09:20 AM   #5
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Recent rumours (taken with a heavy pinch of salt) allude to the A5x chip being in a retina ipad mini. Which I find odd, because it was heavily criticised as being inadequate in driving the ipad3's retina display.

The A6x chip is equivalent to the A5 chip in the non-retina ipad2, so this seems the most likely. It would also allow Apple to phase out their A5x production line (which isn't being used in any other product anyways) and focus entirely on A6x chip production.

This of course, assumes any retina ipad mini will use the same 2048x1536 resolution of the current ipad, rather than a 3rd resolution. Also, for all we know, advances in technology may also make the A5x feasible.

I also believe the mini's processor will also be deliberately kept a generation behind the ipad's processor, to as to better differentiate them, so an A7X chip seems unlikely.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:52 AM   #6
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I think A6X is only possible if the heat issues that troubled the iPad 3 have been fixed(I haven't been able to handle an iPad 4 myself or ask another person if it has the same heat issues.) I actually have serious doubts about a retina display in the next Mini because of this.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 01:11 PM   #7
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I think A6X is only possible if the heat issues that troubled the iPad 3 have been fixed(I haven't been able to handle an iPad 4 myself or ask another person if it has the same heat issues.) I actually have serious doubts about a retina display in the next Mini because of this.
No heat issues on the 4, at least on my end. If they don't release retina on the Mini 2, it will be a major fail.

It's already a half-fail releasing the mini 1 without it.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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A6 is my guess. It is an entry level iPad with last gen iPhone internals and I think it will stay that way.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:23 AM   #9
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I don't really see it being the A6x due to the fact that it is a larger chip. Having that there may greatly increase the thickness of it. The A6 or even the rumored A7 are most likely it.

A retina mini would be nice, but I think they may hold out for that later. Either way I wouldn't mind it being non retina for the next refresh just as long as the is a major improvement on speed and performance.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:50 AM   #10
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Retina = A6X (It currently has A5, that would be an upgrade to the processor, A6 vs A5, plus add the 'X' for Retina)
No Retina =A6 (It currently has A5, A6 is the next logical upgrade)

It may just get an A5X if it has Retina, but IMO that would be kinda lame. Apple don't do what you did with the iPad 2 to 3.
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Apple don't do what you did with the iPad 3 vs 4.
Do you mean iPad 2 to 3?
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 06:49 PM   #12
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I truly do believe it will get the A5X in an effort to keep it from surpassing the big iPad in performance. It will be cheaper to produce as it's over a year old and should be more than adaquite enough to power the small retina display. I wouldn't be surprised if the 5th gen iPad kept the A6X while only gaining camera and chassis improvements.

But with Apple who knows what they're thinking.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 06:53 PM   #13
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i have a feeling Apple will find a way to squeeze out a higher resolution screen on the iPad Mini with just an A6. since the Mini has a smaller screen it won't need as much graphics performance potential as the full size iPad 3/4. i'm not sure what the cut off is regarding screen size to use the A6 vs A6X, but all i know is that if Apple was to throw in the A5X or A6X into the iPad Mini, unless battery technology has improved exponentially in the last year it's not physically possible to maintain the thickness and weight of the iPad Mini. the quad-core graphics of the (X) chips require a massive massive battery. i definitely don't see them using the A5X since it's actually a LESS efficient chip than the A6X. the iPad 4 with the A6X actually gets better battery life by ~ 1.5hrs than the iPad 3 solely due to the A6X efficiency

who knows, maybe Apple has a trick up their sleeve with new battery technology that they custom designed that will allow the Mini to maintain weight and thickness. whew...how cool would that be
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 07:37 PM   #14
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Do you mean iPad 2 to 3?
Yes, thank-you, the third gen. should have had the 4th gen. processor.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 10:33 PM   #15
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What ever costs the least amount of money that will get the job done.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 10:35 PM   #16
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I don't care. Just include retina & I'm a buyer.
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i have a feeling Apple will find a way to squeeze out a higher resolution screen on the iPad Mini with just an A6. since the Mini has a smaller screen it won't need as much graphics performance potential as the full size iPad 3/4.
The screen size is not what matters. Its the number of pixels. A retina iPad mini would have the same resolution as the iPad 3/4. Same way the current mini is the same as the iPad 2.

Besides, why does the full size iPad have to be the sales leader? Does the 15-inch MBP have to outsell the 13? Apple can set the prices such that the profit is the same. The 1st gen mini can be the "discount" iPad.
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 04:09 AM   #18
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If you think from a logical point of view, why would they have both the mini & the full size with an A6X. We do know the supposed 20nm A7/ A7X won't be ready till Q2 2014, which means they will have to modify the current A6X to extract more juice out of it. We do know understand that Apple would like to keep the ipad mini a generation behind the full-size one. Therefore the most likely candidate is a modified A5X, while the bigger gets a modified A6X. If the mini picks up retina, then its definitely going to use "X" variation of the SoC.
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The screen size is not what matters. Its the number of pixels. A retina iPad mini would have the same resolution as the iPad 3/4. Same way the current mini is the same as the iPad 2.
i'm aware - i mentioned that in reference to the iPhone and how i bet Apple will figure out a way to squeeze out a higher resolution screen in the Mini with just the A6. the Mini after all, would require fewer pixels to achieve Retina, so i wonder if the regular A6 could pull it off. this is obviously only an opinion.

i don't see them using the A5X as that chip hasn't been in full scale production since September. why would Apple bring that back?

A6X is possible, but any of the X chips will require a massive massive battery so unless Apple has invented new battery technology it would be a heavy thick Mini
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What ever costs the least amount of money that will get the job done.
What job? Photo editing or gaming? If you're going to do exactly the same with the iPad mini 2 as with the iPad 5, and with the same performance, then you will obviously need the same processor too (given they both have retina display).

More important than price (IMO) is how it will affect battery life. If the iPad mini 2 won't even last me half a day, I might as well get a Nexus or Galaxy Tab instead. Or a regular iPad, for that matter.
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In my eyes, I think it will get the A6X and the 5th gen iPad will get the new A7X.
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In my eyes, I think it will get the A6X and the 5th gen iPad will get the new A7X.
Does anyone think it will sound weird if they announce the more powerful processor in the ipad first, then reveal a weaker processor in the iphone later on in the year?

I notice all all these years,

2010: A4 for ipad and iphone4 (though under-clocked)
2011: A5 for ipad2 and iphone 4s
2012: A5X for ipad3, A6 for iphone5, followed by A6x for ipad4
2013: Likely to keep ipad and iphone events separate (and spaced far enough so they don't steal the thunder from each other).

One possibility is they bring the iphone forward to June (say A7chip), followed by ipad event towards the end of the year (Sep-Oct), revealing a A7X. I doubt the ipad mini will get retina (intentional on Apple's part so it won't overshadow the iPad), so I am guessing solely internal spec boosts like what the ipad2 was to the iPad.
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