iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

The upcoming iPad mini 4 will be the smallest the line-up has seen, equivalent to a miniaturized version of the iPad Air 2, according to a new design render video shared by uSwitch and Nowhereelse.fr's OnLeaks channel. The render gives the iPad mini 4 a thickness of 6.1mm, the same as the iPad Air 2, and less than the current 7.5mm thickness of the iPad mini 3.

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The design render video backs up a part of a previous rumor that claimed the next iPad mini would adopt the slimmer form factor of the current line-up of iPad Air models, alongside the Air's 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating. Today's report gives no news on the iPad mini 4's internal upgrades, nor its camera or display changes, but Apple will undoubtedly aim to make the new generation of mini a bit more substantial than the simple addition of Touch ID that was introduced with last year's model.


Apple is expected to reveal the new line-up of iPads at the next major company keynote, rumored as of now to be taking place on September 9. Alongside the iPad mini and iPad Air, the company is likely to showcase the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" at the event, and possibly even finally reveal the next-generation Apple TV set-top box.

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17 months ago
iPhone 6S Rumored to Be Smaller Version iPhone of iPhone 6S Plus.
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17 months ago

I wish they'd do what they did with the Mini 2 - have it as a smaller version of the current "big" iPad. I don't see the need for the spec difference.


The Air 2 is quite the machine though. Normally I would wait to buy whatever the latest is but I found a resale Air 2 for a good price and jumped on it for my wife. My Air 2 is fantastic .. 3 core CPU + 2GB RAM, I don't see what more APple is going to add to the next one to make it worth while paying full price.
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17 months ago
I wish they'd do what they did with the Mini 2 - have it as a smaller version of the current "big" iPad. I don't see the need for the spec difference.
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17 months ago
This is clearly what should have been released last year, instead of the somewhat insulting Mini3, with only TouchID as an update over the Mini2.

However, the evolution of the Mini has never fitted with expectation - the Mini2 was a huge jump from the first Mini release, and carried with it all the same spec as the Ipad Air released at the same time.. A7 chip, etc (although for nitpickers the screen carried a higher density/ppi than the Air, to fit in the same number of pixels in a smaller size screen, but a fractionally lower colour gamut.)
So perhaps they gave the Mini2 too much? And the Mini3 just sort of balanced it out.. holding back some features until this year.. et voila, the Mini4.
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17 months ago

iPhone 6S Rumored to Be Smaller Version iPhone of iPhone 6S Plus.


But the big difference is that iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S+ are the same and latest generation where as the iPad 4 mini will be one generation behind for its internal features compared to the latest model of iPad Air (at the time of its release).
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17 months ago

iPhone 6S Rumored to Be Smaller Version iPhone of iPhone 6S Plus.


The iPad Air 2 will be "last generation" by the time this is released.

Therefore, iPhone 6s/6s+ is not an equivalent analogy. Nor is the current iPad mini 3/iPad Air 2 lineup an equivalent analogy. That is why this story is newsworthy.
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17 months ago

Smaller version so does that mean it will have 2 gigs of ram?

I have a feeling going forward that all iPads and iPhones will have at least 2 gigs of ram, and that the rumored announcement of new iPads at what is usually an iPhone event is to coincide with the release of iOS 9 that makes great use of the extra ram.
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17 months ago

Perhaps they will redefine the word mini and make it bigger than the Air 2


The iPad mini pro :D
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17 months ago

The Air 2 is quite the machine though. Normally I would wait to buy whatever the latest is but I found a resale Air 2 for a good price and jumped on it for my wife. My Air 2 is fantastic .. 3 core CPU + 2GB RAM, I don't see what more APple is going to add to the next one to make it worth while paying full price.


Depends on where you are coming from. I am skipping Air2 since my original Air is good enough for now. Im sure there will be bells and whistles on Air3 that will make it better than the 2, not to mention Air1.
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17 months ago

I know, but I found the size uncomfortably small. I could have magnified what was on the screen, but why see less content than on the iPad Air when the iPad Mini wasn't offering me any real benefit. It's a great device and perfect for some, just not me.


For me the iPad mini is a perfect size. Perfect for reading books (after all, it is the size of a book...), webpages, e-mails, etc. Great for gaming. And most importantly, it can be held in one hand while you have a cup of coffee or something in your other hand. It's ideal for lying back and relaxing, which is exactly what an iPad is best for, imo. If I wanted a giant-sized iPad or an iPad Pro, I would probably just go with a laptop or a Surface.
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