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Rumored iPad Mini 4 Rear Shell With iPad Air 2 Design Elements Shown Off in New Video

When Apple launched the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in late 2014, many people were disappointed with the iPad mini update, which essentially just added Touch ID to the existing iPad mini 2 with no other external design changes. Since then, there have been a few rumors suggesting Apple is working on an iPad mini 4 update that includes iPad Air 2 design elements like a thinner body.

French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] today shared a video and some images of what's said to be an early version of the rear casing for the upcoming iPad mini 4.


The aluminum shell closely resembles the shell of the existing iPad mini, but it does include several design elements introduced with the iPad Air 2. There's a single row of larger speaker holes alongside the Lightning port at the bottom of the device, rather than two smaller rows, and the mute switch on the device has been removed and replaced with a microphone hole.

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Rumors have suggested the iPad mini 4 will be thinner than the iPad mini 2 and the iPad mini 3, giving it a thickness more akin to the iPad Air 2, but it is difficult to determine the device's possible thickness based on the images that were shared. Along with an iPad Air-style design, an updated iPad mini 4 would likely adopt one of Apple's more recent processors, possibly the A8X in the iPad Air 2 or an A9 processor coming later this year.

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There's been little word on when an updated iPad mini might launch, but given Apple's historical fall release schedule for iPads, it's unlikely we will see the iPad mini 4 until the later months of 2015.

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18 months ago

What can't you do with the current iPad right now due to RAM restrictions? Give three examples.


Ex 1) Tell my friends "I've got two gigs of RAM!"
Ex 2) Divide RAM amount by 2 and get 1 as a result.
Ex 3) Complain about the fact that iPad should have 4GB of RAM.
Rating: 17 Votes
18 months ago
If Apple does not put in 2GB of RAM, then they shouldnt even bother with it.
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
I wish they would come up with a more consistent naming convention for the iPads....

iPad Mini 4 alongisde the iPad Air 3 at the launch of iPhone 6S and a revamped iMac 5k?
Rating: 10 Votes
18 months ago
I can't keep up with these product releases... they all become a blur.

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If Apple does not put in 2GB of RAM, then they shouldnt even bother with it.


And as soon as they do, you'll come out saying that 4GB is what they should've put in.

What can't you do with the current iPad right now due to RAM restrictions? Give three examples.

More RAM is akin to a bigger gas tank.... would you rather a car engine that was super-efficient, or one with a giant gas tank? Apple strives for super efficient.

(yah, I know RAM-to-gas tank comparison is not the best... but you get the point... bigger specs does not always mean better... because software just gets more bloated and requires higher specs, and on it goes... never being happy)
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago
That's more like it. Now just add a display with a much improved color gamut and A9/M9 chips and I'll be very interested!
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago
WOW! I didn't see this coming!! Classic Apple: release a BS Product one year, then the next year, re-release it with "new and improved" specs. :mad::rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago
Meh. Apple logo doesn't light up.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago
I'm afraid, it will only have the A8 chip with 1GB of RAM :(
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago
You don't have a leg to stand on here.

I can't keep up with these product releases... they all become a blur.

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And as soon as they do, you'll come out saying that 4GB is what they should've put in.

People will want more RAM when software demands it. Right now with iOS device it is extremely easy to end up suffering from the lack of RAM.


What can't you do with the current iPad right now due to RAM restrictions? Give three examples.

1. Switch between apps and not have Safari reload everything on you, often loosing data in the process.
2. Multitask well.
3. Run any number of advanced apps


More RAM is akin to a bigger gas tank.... would you rather a car engine that was super-efficient, or one with a giant gas tank? Apple strives for super efficient.

Not even close. Gas is used serially in an automobile.


(yah, I know RAM-to-gas tank comparison is not the best... but you get the point... bigger specs does not always mean better... because software just gets more bloated and requires higher specs, and on it goes... never being happy)

I really don't think you completely graps the situation, going from 1GB of RAM to 2 GB in an IOS device is a massive upgrade. This is due to the large amount of RAM used by Video, The OS and the apps Apple keeps running on the platform.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago

If Apple does not put in 2GB of RAM, then they shouldnt even bother with it.


I'm tired of Safari having to reload pages every time I switch to it but the interface has hires snapshots of (out of date) screen captures when I go to switch apps. Aren't those snapshots eating up the RAM? And what's the point of them if they're not very current (sometimes they seem hours, if not days, old)? At a minimum, couldn't it cache some of the Safari pages to to 64GB of storage, I don't understand why it has to reload all the time (it didn't used to have to, did it).

Gary
Rating: 4 Votes

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