Third-Party Cases for Next iPad Mini Suggest Slight Thickening to Accomodate Retina Display

Some Chinese case-makers expect the new iPad mini to be roughly 0.3mm thicker than the current model, going from 7.2mm to 7.5mm, according to a report from Mac Otakara. The cases also indicate the device will be 0.2mm wider, growing from 134.7mm to some 134.9mm.

A number of iPad mini backplates, supposedly from the new device, have leaked over the past few months, with no hint that the size of the new mini will be different from the old one. However, given the small size changes in the new report -- only 0.3mm difference in thickness -- it would likely take a micrometer to notice any change.

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The third-generation iPad, which was the first Apple tablet to come with a Retina display, gained 0.6mm in thickness and 0.07 pounds from the prior generation.

The new iPad mini cases also have a small hole for a possible back-mounted microphone, something that has appeared in prototype fifth-generation iPad shells, and also on preproduction cases for the first-generation iPad mini. However, alleged second-generation iPad mini shells have not had a microphone hole in that location.

The next iPad mini will be revealed next Tuesday, October 22 and it is widely anticipated to include a high-resolution Retina display -- though it's possible the new mini will be in short supply because of manufacturing difficulties with the new display.

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heimo Avatar
139 months ago
I don't have room for that kind of monstrosity! 0,3mm may not sound like much, but if you stack 1.000.000 of them, it's 300 meters MORE than old 7,2mm thin iPad mini! If that doesn't bother you, what will? I predict no one will be buying these new thick iPads.
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vmachiel Avatar
139 months ago
Whatever they need to do to get that thing retina:)
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Mattsasa Avatar
139 months ago
Nooo!!!! 0.3mm Thicker ? !!!

This is outrageous ! Apple is doomed
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TC03 Avatar
139 months ago
That's too bad because I really felt the iPad mini was absolutely perfect in terms of dimensions and weight.
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Vanilla35 Avatar
139 months ago
No one will EVER notice .3mm
You say that now, but people noticed the difference between the iPad 2 and iPad 3. Both weight and dimension. It could be the difference is smaller with the mini, but it was also very light and small to begin with. So that means these changes will be even more noticeable
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boy-better-know Avatar
139 months ago
I hope it isn't made too much heavier though. That would be disappointing.
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