Apple’s iPad Mini 4 will be a mini version of the iPad Air 2, could launch alongside the iPad Air 3 featuring the A9 chipset.
New reports about the rumored iPad Mini 4, supposed to be the latest addition to Apple’s miniature tablet range, claim that it’ll essentially be a toned down version of the iPad Air 2. The report also claims that its dimensions will be identical to the iPad Mini 3, except that it’ll be considerably slimmer, with thickness dropping to 6.1 mm from 7.5 mm.
The tablet is expected to get an 8 MP iSight camera while under the hood there’ll be an A8 processor, along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Apparently the same specs we saw on the iPad Air 2. The tablet is also expected to get the same laminated display with anti-reflective coating featured on the iPad Air 2, adds the report.
The report further mentions about the rumored monster tab the iPad Pro, which will be launched alongside the iPad Air 3 and the iPad Mini 4. This rebukes earlier reports that the company may skip the iPad Air refresh for this year to give manufacturers more time to focus on the iPad Pro.
Meanwhile, earlier reports suggested that Samsung and Sharp will be manufacturing display panels for the iPad Pro, which is expected to get a 12.9 inch screen with a 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution. The iPad Pro is also expected to see the introduction of a new split screen in 1/2, 1/3 and 2/3 screen modes, along with multi-user login support.
Apple usually unveils new iPads in October, and we expect this year shouldn’t be any different. The Cupertino giant recently announced its fiscal Q3 earnings, posting a record $49.6 billion in revenue with a net-profit of $10.7 billion. However, its iPad sales yet again saw a drop by 17.9 percent at 10.4 million units compared to 13.4 million units in Q3 2014. While on the contrary, iPad sales reached an all time high at $30 billion in 2012 and $32 billion in 2013.
Hence, it seems Apple is not yet giving up on the iPad despite the ever growing phablet craze among users, who’d rather prefer a slightly larger phone to a much bigger tablet. The company will likely offer plenty to choose from for users this time around, lets see if Apple offers enough with its forthcoming tablet range and help the iPad regain lost ground.