Unreleased iPad Mini With Redesigned Cellular Antenna Appears in Photos

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Photos of an unreleased iPad mini with hardware different than that of any previous generation of the tablet were shared on Twitter today by a person using the pseudonym Mr. White. The same user has shared many photos of what appear to be early prototypes of Apple products along with components in recent months.


    The photos, spotted by 9to5Mac, depict a rose gold iPad mini with an antenna band that forms the shape of a rounded rectangle. The current iPad mini 4 has a similar antenna design, but the rounded rectangle is filled in with plastic to ensure proper transmission of signals from the wireless chip inside.

    Apple later improved its antenna design and only required a narrow band for cellular connectivity on 2017 iPad Pro models. This suggests the iPad mini in the photos could be a new model in development.

    Beyond that, the iPad mini in the photos looks identical to the iPad mini 4, with a headphone jack, side volume controls, Lightning connector, two speakers along the bottom, and so forth. The tablet also lacks a LED flash next to the rear camera, consistent with every previous iPad mini generation.


    Last month, an alleged case for the so-called iPad mini 5 surfaced with a vertical cutout for the rear camera, suggesting the new model might have a rear camera, LED flash, and center microphone cutout. The case also had cutouts for four speakers, however, a feature that feels too premium for the lower-priced iPad mini. In other words, the case might not necessarily be for a future iPad mini.

    Back in October, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple plans to launch a new iPad mini, and the China Times reported that the tablet will launch in the first half of 2019. If true, the new model will likely be a modest upgrade to the iPad mini 4, perhaps with a faster processor and a few other minor improvements.

    The iPad mini 4 was released in September 2015 and remains available for purchase for $399 and up in the United States.

    The anonymous Mr. White shared photos of an alleged iPad mini 5 logic board back a few months ago along with a diagnostics report indicating that the tablet will have a TSMC-manufactured Apple A9 chip used in iPhone 6s models. The iPad mini 4 is powered by the Apple A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    All this said, the iPad mini shown in photos today could be an older prototype that may or may not ever be released. Apple prototypes all sorts of different devices and configurations internally that don't always see the light of day.

    If a new iPad mini is on the horizon, though, March has been a common release month for iPads in recent years.

    Article Link: Unreleased iPad Mini With Redesigned Cellular Antenna Appears in Photos
  2. Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    While great news that the mini is resurrecting, I’d favor the rectangular new iPP shape.
    (yes, with reinforcements, bigger speakers and headphone jack...if Apple VPs have to be hinted)
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Yeah it's probably just an old prototype, it has a headphone jack lol
  4. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Better call Saul!
  5. tridley68 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2014
    Put a dial pad on it and it could be the new XXXL Max 2019 i Phone
  6. AngerDanger, Jan 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Somebody finally bought a decent camera for taking pictures of leaked Apple products!

    But if you're as resistant to change as I am, I've fixed the photo:

  7. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Fake, won't have a headphone jack and likely won't have rounded edges like that.
  8. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    A9? Man, that has really stuck around in the lineup. They are the successor to the A5, the chip that just would not seem to die.
  9. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    That has to be old... This guy reporting it'll have an A9? That seems.... wildly outdated for a brand new product.
  10. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    You are taking the A9 as fact? Just, no.
  11. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
  12. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    If it doesn't bend then it won't match all the Apple's high quality manufacturing process.
  13. mono1980 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    Spoiler: Yes it will bend, just like every other thing made out of aluminum on the planet.
  14. mikethemartian macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2017
    Melbourne, FL
  15. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    What do the bezels look like on the other side?
  16. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    It can't be real, then. You've still got that GIF floating around which changes leaks to legitimate, right? You know the one I mean.
  17. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    A9 and old design? If real, better have a low price and true tone/P3 screen to match

    at least theres a headphone jack

    I wonder if its a scrapped prototype too..
  18. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    But if it were $199.... ;)
  19. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    2019 is going to be a crazy year. Even my grandma has a 4K camera. Watch out Bigfoot and Mothman, we're finally in the future!
    --- Post Merged, Jan 8, 2019 ---
    For an A9 it better cost $199 because it's not long for this world.
  20. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    As an iPad mini 2 owner, I welcome ANY update to the mini at this point. But I can’t deny that as an artist, I was kinda hoping the mini 5 would get the flat edged design with Apple Pencil 2 support. It may come eventually if this update sells well. Or perhaps the iPad mini 5 will be like the last two versions and not be updated again for years and years...if ever.

    So I will upgrade my iPad mini 2 and buy the mini 5 no matter what. It’s still a great size iPad for slipping into my cargo pants pocket when I wanna travel light. Hoping this leak is not accurate tho. I would love to be able to use the Apple Pencil 2 I got for my 11” iPad Pro with it.

    Guess we’ll find out soon enough.
  21. Shiro_Simba Suspended


    Sep 28, 2018
    Headphone jack . Not sure this is the new mini
  22. Azeroth1 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
  23. Bustycat macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2015
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    A9? A new tablet in 2019 with a processor in 2015?
  24. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    We are talking about the iPad mini here. So yeah, could be. The iPad mini is always the forgotten step child of the iPad family. Lol.

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