Last year Apple greatly disappointed its fans by its approach to the iPad Mini lineup, offering them the slightly upgraded version of the iPad Mini 3. Instead of packing the iPad Air 2 with the top-end hardware into a smaller, more compact body, the Cupertino company simply added a Touch ID sensor and several new color options to the well-known device. All these made the iPad Mini 3 definitely not a highly desirable slate in the market. However, the Apple team seems willing to atone for their sins by releasing the iPad Mini 4, whose slim aluminum iPad Air 2-like body case has been recently spotted in the wild.
Apple iPad Mini 4 – First rumors.
According to the leak the iPad Mini 4’s body shell strongly resembles that found in the existing iPad Mini, but it also contains few design solutions introduced recently by the iPad Air 2. Although the slate appears to be considerably thinner than its predecessors, it will come with the grille of a larger speaker located on the bottom side of the device just as in the case of the latest Air.
Furthermore, the iPad Mini 4 also will lack the mute/lock switch just as its bigger sibling. The mentioned switch has been replaced along a microphone hole. As for the volume rockers, they haven’t changed its location. Moreover, the power button will also stay set on the top of the device.
First leaks regarding the iPad Mini 4 surfaced online at the beginning of March revealing that the tablet will come powered by the Apple’s latest A8 processor currently applied in the manufacturer’s recent smartphone flagships, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Or perhaps, the slate will debut with the A9 processor on the board? That would definitely be a nice surprise.
Additionally, the iPad Mini 4 is also said to receive the update to the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connectivity, which turned out to be one of the biggest deficiencies found in the iPad Mini 3.
At this point, we still have very little regarding the iPad Mini 4 details, except few leaks and flood of speculations on the slate’s design language. At this very early point we still don’t have any official information about the iPad Mini 4’s specs, pricing or premiere time, but we will let you know once we have something solid.