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Apple may soon refresh the iPad mini 3 with a speedier processor and upgraded Wi-Fi networking features, according to a new report by a fairly accurate Japanese blog.

The so-called ‘iPad mini 4’ is said to include Apple’s speedy A8 processor found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, Macotakara reported Friday.

Proceed with caution as Macotakara tells MacRumors, that “there is some uncertainty with this rumor,” leading the Japanes blog to caution it “is not convinced” that the information it obtained is 100 percent accurate.

Anyway, these specs would put the fourth-generation iPad mini on par with Apple’s latest iPhones in terms of CPU and Wi-Fi capabilities, but not with the iPad Air 2 which runs Apple’s newest in-house designed A8X processor with 40 percent more CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of the A7 chip.

The mid-cycle refresh of the iPad mini would address complaints about the iPad mini 3. You’ll recall that the iPad mini 3 got literally thirty seconds of stage time at Apple’s October 2014 media event.

Apple simply added a Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the device and a gold option while keeping the same A7 processor as the iPad mini 2, making the differences between the two marginal at best.

Yet, the iPad mini 3 costs $399 while the previous-generation iPad mini 2 is $299, meaning iPad mini 3 customers are essentially paying a $100 premium for Touch ID.

For what it’s worth, the author of the story does not know whether or not the fourth-generation iPad mini will be unveiled at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event next Monday, which many watchers believe will focus solely on the Apple Watch.

Source: Macotakara (Google Translate)

  • bsquarewi

    With the 6 Plus at the size it is now, what is the point of the Mini anymore? I personally would like to see a non-cellular iPod Touch in the 6 Plus size and drop the mini. The Mini is redundant at this point. It’s too small to differentiate it from the iPhone 6 range and too big to be pocket-able.

    • Chang in Charge

      I think sales for the mini will definitely decrease but I still think there is a legitimate use case for the mini. There are still a lot of people who want an iPad but don’t want something as big as the Air.

    • iPhoneWINS

      i sold my mini to pay for my 6+

    • diggitydang

      I have a 6+ and a mini. I use the mini less, but I’m still glad it’s around. I also think there is a place for it for people who own android phones in a small size (eg my mother) who don’t want a huge tablet. I agree that it’s not as popular as it was when it was first introduced though.

    • Gokhan Guvenc

      iPad Mini is perfect for those that don’t want to carry a tablet-size phone in their pockets all the time. I’m pretty happy with my 5S in my pocket and iPad Mini 2 in my bag.

  • Any addition is good because the 3rd gens single upgrade is not worth the additional $100.

  • Fanboy 

    Apple you better swap out my iPad Mini 3 for free if this is true, I hate you

    • lou08

      Just think what Samsung fans should say after premiere of every phone :)) Alpha, Edge and others between

    • Rupinder

      I doubt they’ll announce this iPad on Monday’s event. Too soon.

    • Vince Reedy

      Why, because you paid $400 for a touch ID sensor? Your dumb move.

      • Fanboy 

        No, I’m pretty sure I didn’t pay $400 for a Touch ID sensor. I actually got an iPad along with it as well you know. I didn’t know Apple sold Touch ID sensors for $400 how silly of them

  • Manny22

    It’s all about apple and their money making strategy.. It’s not even worth it upgrading to Mini 3. Makes no sense. if you have the iPhone 6 or 6+, then u don’t need the Mini 3. Anyway, lets wait & see what they have to offer for the Mini 4

    • Montgomery Tyler

      yes that’s what they care about.

  • S M

    Yeah.. not worth it.

  • Jason Baroni

    Oh boy… Tell me Apple won’t do this mistake again, just like when they replaced the 3rd iPad for the 4th Gen a few months after…

    • iPhoneWINS

      ipad 3 had wrong graphic chips it needed to be replaced fast

    • Sleaka J

      It was 6 months later. I bought the iPad 3 at launch and while I attempted to sell it when the iPad 4 came out, I couldn’t get the price I wanted on eBay and ended up waiting another 12 months for the iPad Mini 2, which I then sold the iPad 3 for $50 more than what I originally tried to sell it for.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Buy an phone 6+ save the $300 buying a Mac (air) instead of an iPad mini or ipad. 6+ and a Mac now thats a killer combo.

    • iPhoneWINS

      nah ji need my mac book pro

      • n0ahcruz3

        Or a MBP either way

    • Vince Reedy

      This

  • Boy this would be interesting. I just sold my Mini 2 and picked up an Air 2. But if a mini 4 comes out with better specs then previous generations I’ll sell my Air 2 and get a mini 4. The mini’s just feel better then a full tablet to me. But the mini 3 was a joke and left no room to get away with missing an upgrade or two. At least with the Air 2 I knew I had a couple upgrades to pass by. Guess we shall see, would rather pick up a mini 4 over an apple watch.

  • jake kneller

    I bought a 6plus and shortly after useing the device for about a week I gave my iPad mini to someone who was useing an android tablet and then got an iPad Air with the 6plus I have a mini iPad mini in my pocket no need for the mini but that’s just me

  • Guest

    I have a 6+ and a mini. I use the mini less, but I’m still glad it’s around.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    I feel sorry for those whoboght the iPad mini 3

    • Vince Reedy

      Not me, they should have known better than to pay $100 extra for touch ID. If this is true though, Apple needs to quit throwing updated iPads out there with nothing worth buying. iPad sales are down because of lack of interest. If they latest and greatest isn’t really latest and greatest, the market will kill it.

  • Meh…

  • Dante Arellano

    Whata fuckk so again same thing new chip bla bla please this is getting so fuckking boring

  • Dante Arellano

    So should i buy another ipad mini new model cus has new chip and better wifi reception???