Apple Inc. Announces The New iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3

Japanese blog Macotakara is reporting that Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will be actually a shrunken iPad Air 2. According to the report which is rather short on details, the yet-to-be-announced fourth-generation iPad mini should adopt some of the hallmarks of the second-generation iPad Air hardware such as its slim design, 8MP iSight camera and more.

Specifically, the next iPad mini is said to be just 6.1mm deep, just like the iPad Air 2.

In addition, its iSight camera out the back should go from five megapixels to eight megapixels and presumably inherit other features found on the iPad Air 2, like Burst mode for taking multiple photos in rapid succession, Panorama mode for taking 180-degree panoramic images up to 43 megapixels and what not.

In terms of other enhancements, the device is said to include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, come outfitted with a laminated display with anti-reflective coating for improved viewing experience, run the iPad Air 2’s speedy A8 processor and support iOS 9’s features like split-screen multitasking.

In addition to being just 6.1mm thick, the iPad mini 4 is supposed to retain the same 7.9-inch display like prior models meaning it’ll be just as thin as the iPad Air 2 but considerably smaller.

Macotakara has provided pretty reliable information about Apple’s unreleased products in the past and has generally established itself as one of the more accurate publications when it comes to Apple rumor reporting, but has also been wrong enough times to prompt us to take their reports with a few pinches of salt.

That being said, the notion of borrowing the iPad Air 2 for the next iPad mini sounds logical to me. iPad sales, and especially sales of the iPad mini models, have been in the decline several quarters in a row now.

The current device was refreshed last October but you’d be hard-pressed calling it a refresh given Apple’s just slapped Touch ID on it and added a new gold color option.

That being said, removing key hardware differences between full-sized iPads and mini models would allow customers to make informed purchasing decisions based on the form factor alone.

If history is anything to go by, the new iPad mini should be introduced alongside the third-generation iPad Air and possibly a jumbo-sized ‘iPad Pro’ model in October.

Photo: the current third-generation iPad mini.

Source: Macotakara (Google Translate)

  • James G

    Make it akin to a 6 versus 6 plus decision, Apple!

  • Elias Chao

    This is how it was supposed to be the 3th gen iPad Mini.

    • regkilla

      Not for the price it was offered at.

    • Shinonuke

      I kept my IPhone min with Retina instead of upgrading to the iPad mini 3 because there wasn’t any improvement. The iPad Air 2 have 2gb of RAM. If iPad mini 4 gets 2gb then I’ll be upgrading.

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Why would they put a a8 instead of the new a9.

    • Because they don’t want it to be better then the Air 2

      • Anonomous.TECH.man

        If the iPad mini is not a budget device why put last gen specs in it. It’s already hard to sell a iPad mini if you have a 6plus now if you have a 6plus s then it will be more powerful than your iPad mini.

      • iPhoneWINS

        same thing they did with the new iPod touch …llol

      • It was only hard to sell the iPad mini 3. It was hard because the ONLY upgrade was the Touch ID. The iPad mini sells pretty good otherwise. If you have a 6 Plus you wouldn’t need a mini. The 6S Plus or 6 Plus S is going to be more powerful than the Air 2 anyway so no big deal.

      • ClaudieX X

        what they did with the mini 3 is a shame

    • iByron

      Fewer screen pixels to drive, too. Plus the Air is a bit overpowered for what the OS asks it to do. Doing that to a mini would be major overkill.

      Of course, we’re talking about a rumor right now, so anything could happen. And if the rumor is true, the mini would probably match the then current iPad Air, introduced at the same time.

      • ClaudieX X

        sorry, but ipad mini 2 & 3 has the same resolution as ipad air 1 & 2 but with more pixel density… so for the chipset… the two of them are the same.

      • iByron

        Okay point taken. But do see the rest of my comment.

      • Shinonuke

        iPad mini 2 = iPad Air specs. It was the main reason why I saved $100 buying the iPad mini 2. If the Air 3 have the same specs as the mini 4 then I’ll buy the mini 4. I don’t mind the smaller screen size anyways.

    • iPhoneWINS

      to cut costs..lol

  • iBanks

    I’ll take it. Perfect for me.

  • iPhoneWINS

    duh…

  • jakeopp

    What it really needs a retina display that is on par with the iPad Air 2. The colors on the current display are just too dull. It’s ok once you get used to it but as someone who switched to the mini from an iPod touch, the change in color quality was pretty annoying at first. There’s no excuse for Apple to stick with the same outdated display for 3 generation of the retina iPad mini.

    • ClaudieX X

      not 3 generations but 2… ipad mini 1 was older and less densely with 1024 x 768 (XGA resolution)

      • jakeopp

        I meant 3 generations of the retina model, the iPad mini 2, 3, and the upcoming 4th generation model

  • FAKE

  • Dante Arellano

    Who in the world takes photos with an ipad another daying idivice iwacho,ipad,ipod we only use iphone and MacBook or mac if u say that u use aditional idivice you lie

  • Dante Arellano

    What is the idea of putting a 12mbpix on the front camera some one had think how your ugry face looks in hd