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When Apple launched the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in late 2014, many people were disappointed with the iPad mini update, which essentially just added Touch ID to the existing iPad mini 2 with no other external design changes. Since then, there have been a few rumors suggesting Apple is working on an iPad mini 4 update that includes iPad Air 2 design elements like a thinner body.

French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] today shared a video and some images of what's said to be an early version of the rear casing for the upcoming iPad mini 4.

The aluminum shell closely resembles the shell of the existing iPad mini, but it does include several design elements introduced with the iPad Air 2. There's a single row of larger speaker holes alongside the Lightning port at the bottom of the device, rather than two smaller rows, and the mute switch on the device has been removed and replaced with a microphone hole.

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Rumors have suggested the iPad mini 4 will be thinner than the iPad mini 2 and the iPad mini 3, giving it a thickness more akin to the iPad Air 2, but it is difficult to determine the device's possible thickness based on the images that were shared. Along with an iPad Air-style design, an updated iPad mini 4 would likely adopt one of Apple's more recent processors, possibly the A8X in the iPad Air 2 or an A9 processor coming later this year.

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There's been little word on when an updated iPad mini might launch, but given Apple's historical fall release schedule for iPads, it's unlikely we will see the iPad mini 4 until the later months of 2015.

Article Link: Rumored iPad Mini 4 Rear Shell With iPad Air 2 Design Elements Shown Off in New Video
 

DavidTheExpert

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I wish they would come up with a more consistent naming convention for the iPads....

iPad Mini 4 alongisde the iPad Air 3 at the launch of iPhone 6S and a revamped iMac 5k?
 
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ttss6

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That's more like it. Now just add a display with a much improved color gamut and A9/M9 chips and I'll be very interested!
 
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SSD-GUY

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Anyone else just underwhelmed with the "retina" display on the iPad minis? I don't know why but compared to the iPad Air's, the iPad Mini's display just seems a bit fuzzy/Not sharp?
 
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BCWorld

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WOW! I didn't see this coming!! Classic Apple: release a BS Product one year, then the next year, re-release it with "new and improved" specs. :mad::rolleyes:
 
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thekeyring

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It'd be nice to see some more software for iPad.

I remember when the iPad 3 was launched and they showed off iPhoto... it felt like they had such faith in the iPad. Now we see hardware updates but no new apps.

If they decided against OS X on a tablet, opting instead for writing new software from scratch, what more is coming? Final Cut Pro for iPad?
 
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jhts

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WOW! I didn't see this coming!! Classic Apple: release a BS Product one year, then the next year, re-release it with "new and improved" specs. :mad::rolleyes:

You're right. The 1st gen needs a re-release... Improved specs are just what everyone is expecting.

iPad Mini Classic.
 
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Tankmaze

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Knowing apple iterative update this could be the real thing. But apple has to make the ipad more appealing as new features like touch id, force touch has no impact for me to upgrade from my mini retina 2.
 
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mdorais

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I bet it gets released with the new iPad Air 3 but with iPad Air 2 specs.
 
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coolfactor

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I can't keep up with these product releases... they all become a blur.

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If Apple does not put in 2GB of RAM, then they shouldnt even bother with it.

And as soon as they do, you'll come out saying that 4GB is what they should've put in.

What can't you do with the current iPad right now due to RAM restrictions? Give three examples.

More RAM is akin to a bigger gas tank.... would you rather a car engine that was super-efficient, or one with a giant gas tank? Apple strives for super efficient.

(yah, I know RAM-to-gas tank comparison is not the best... but you get the point... bigger specs does not always mean better... because software just gets more bloated and requires higher specs, and on it goes... never being happy)
 
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yaxomoxay

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What can't you do with the current iPad right now due to RAM restrictions? Give three examples.

Ex 1) Tell my friends "I've got two gigs of RAM!"
Ex 2) Divide RAM amount by 2 and get 1 as a result.
Ex 3) Complain about the fact that iPad should have 4GB of RAM.
 
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Is the ipad mini selling well? It seems I remember reading that with the iphone 6/+ the mini is not so popular. Frankly it is getting a bit confusing. The size difference from the 6+ to the mini is not as significant as before. For me it was clear that I had a phone (the 5s before and now the 6) a tablet (the ipad air 2) and the desktop (the imac 21"). Now with the 6+, the macbook at 12" and the Air at 11 or 13 inches, the whole thing seems a mess. They need to clarify the product line big time (not to mention the silly naming conventions)
 
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Yebubbleman

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When Apple launched the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in late 2014, many people were disappointed with the iPad mini update, which essentially just added Touch ID to the existing iPad mini 2 with no other external design changes. Since then, there have been a few rumors suggesting Apple is working on an iPad mini 4 update that includes iPad Air 2 design elements like a thinner body.

French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] today shared a video and some images of what's said to be an early version of the rear casing for the upcoming iPad mini 4.

YouTube: video
The aluminum shell closely resembles the shell of the existing iPad mini, but it does include several design elements introduced with the iPad Air 2. There's a single row of larger speaker holes alongside the Lightning port at the bottom of the device, rather than two smaller rows, and the mute switch on the device has been removed and replaced with a microphone hole.

Rumors have suggested the iPad mini 4 will be thinner than the iPad mini 2 and the iPad mini 3, giving it a thickness more akin to the iPad Air 2, but it is difficult to determine the device's possible thickness based on the images that were shared. Along with an iPad Air-style design, an updated iPad mini 4 would likely adopt one of Apple's more recent processors, possibly the A8X in the iPad Air 2 or an A9 processor coming later this year.

There's been little word on when an updated iPad mini might launch, but given Apple's historical fall release schedule for iPads, it's unlikely we will see the iPad mini 4 until the later months of 2015.

Article Link: Rumored iPad Mini 4 Rear Shell With iPad Air 2 Design Elements Shown Off in New Video

At least that means that it's likely that Apple still cares about the iPad mini line. Things seriously didn't look good when (a) the iPad mini's chief competitor product (the Nexus 7) was discontinued in favor of a phablet (the Nexus 6) and a larger tablet (Nexus 9) and (b) the iPad mini 3 was literally identical to the mini 2 save for the touch button and a gold color option.
 
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bushido

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I can't keep up with these product releases... they all become a blur.

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And as soon as they do, you'll come out saying that 4GB is what they should've put in.

What can't you do with the current iPad right now due to RAM restrictions? Give three examples.

More RAM is akin to a bigger gas tank.... would you rather a car engine that was super-efficient, or one with a giant gas tank? Apple strives for super efficient.

(yah, I know RAM-to-gas tank comparison is not the best... but you get the point... bigger specs does not always mean better... because software just gets more bloated and requires higher specs, and on it goes... never being happy)

Well my Air 2 has 2GB and it responses a lot better than my 6 and you have to think of the future.
 
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koyoot

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If this is the case, then it makes perfect sense.

iPad Mini, A5, 512 MB RAM, base model
iPad Mini 3, A7, 1 GB RAM, second tier.
iPad Mini 4, A9, 2 GB RAM, highest tier.

P.S. I don't know why, but for me that enclosure looks thinner than last gen of iPad Mini. The back looks more flat, just like the one in iPad Air 2.
 
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whawhat

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Curious if Apple will ever use USB-C for iPhones and iPad's in the future...
 
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