iPad mini So what's the next move for the iPad Mini?

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  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    After dozens of threads about the Pro line it feels like the most versatile tablet is getting over looked what gives ? What can Apple really do to Spruce it up ?

    My guess is thinner design maybe dual speakers and improved color display and camera same CPU as the 6s and 2GB DDR 4 RAM.

    It just feels like it's not getting any attention.
     
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  3. Channan macrumors 68030

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    I don't see how they can really make it much thinner.
     
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  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    I think the Mini may not get an update this year, or only a superficial one. Apple is juggling 3 iPad lines now, so I don't think that they will each necessarily get an update each year. the Mini 4 was a pretty decent upgrade over the Mini 2/3. I wouldn't be surprised if all they did this year is cut its price.
     
  6. jeanha124 macrumors newbie

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    The air is probably gonna get cut since the iPad Pro 9.7 is the exact same size. The mini will most likely stay because a lot of people like the way it's super portable and small to hold onto.
     
  7. Abazigal macrumors G3

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    The iPad mini seems to fill the spot of Apple's cheapest iPad (and consequently, it's worst'specced).

    I don't see Apple giving it much attention beyond the bare minimum necessary to run the latest software features. I am not sure an iPad mini pro even makes sense (the smart keyboard would be way too small). We will probably see a 2-year update cycle for the iPad mini?
     
  8. icymountain macrumors regular

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    The keyboard maybe not, but the pen could be quite useful.

    Though even now there are keyboards for the mini...
     
  9. Abazigal macrumors G3

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    And they are all horrendously cramped. Even the Smart Keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro feels a bit too small.
     
  10. MacDarcy macrumors 65816

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    I dunno if the iPad mini will get a "pro" version. But support for the Apple Pencil would be nice.
     
  11. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    The Mini 4 already has the most accurate, and lowest reflectance display in the entire iOS lineup. What improvement do you foresee?
     
  12. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Source? I thought the 9.7" Pro had that now?
     
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  14. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting! Doesn't include the 9.7" Pro, though? It might well be true (I absolutely adore the Mini 4 screen), I just thought the 9.7" had the best reproduction/gamut, plus the decreased reflectivity.
     
  15. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Quite frankly, it wouldn't surprise me either way if the Mini gets a stylus or not. I would LOVE to get an Apple Pencil compatible iPad Mini.

    The Mini 4 update was pretty awesome, but I think the only thing that would really entice me is the addition of the Pencil.

    Did I mention the Pencil?
     
  16. Theportlander macrumors newbie

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    I see the iPad mini all over town in the new marijuana stores, here in Portland. They are used as a payment device.
     
  17. icymountain macrumors regular

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    I would not speak for the iPad mini keyboards, as I never used one.
    But I used an external keyboard for my iPad 9.7", and it did the job, at least for the typing part. Certainly it is a quite bit tighter than a Macbook keyboard, but still it was usable enough to prepare about 50 slides with LaTeX / Beamer / Tikz over a 10 hours overnight flight. ;)
     
  18. Osamede macrumors 6502a

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    This device dosent need much. It will get a stylus and the inproved speakers and fingerprint reader probably in spring 2017.
     
  19. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    The mini has a fingerprint reader (Touch ID) sine the Mini 3.
     
  20. Osamede macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I know that- I have the Mini 4. Thus I used the word "improved"...
     
  21. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    My apologies - I read the "improved" as part of the speakers.

    What improvements would need to be made to the TouchID?
     
  22. Osamede macrumors 6502a

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    Its not their latest or fastest.

    Similarly, they have made good improvement to the speaker quality and layout on the Ipad Pro 9.7.

    So logically, you'd expect to see the next iteration of the Mini bring those improvements to the smaller form factor.
     
  23. Channan macrumors 68030

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    It doesn't have the latest version of TouchID found in the iPhone 6s which is almost instant. I'm actually grateful for that, because the second gen TouchID is almost too quick.
     
  24. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    It still uses first generation TouchID. Personally, I don't care, because it's the difference between it taking a half second to unlock vs 3/4 of a second, but yeah, they may as well use the faster one in the next version.
     
  25. Channan macrumors 68030

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    I care, because the extra time is the difference between unlocking the device when you want to and constantly unlocking it on accident. :p
     

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