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iPad mini 4 coming with new thin design, 8MP camera

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As we anticipated last year, the iPad mini 4 will be receiving the major updates that its previous generation should have received when it was released in 2014. The third generation only saw minor updates, like an additional storage capacity, a gold color option and Touch ID. The iPad Air 2, which was released at the same time, had fresh internal specifications and a much thinner design. Japanese blog, Macotakara, is reporting that the iPad mini 4 will be receiving major updates to be like the iPad Air 2.

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Citing reliable sources, Macotakara says that the iPad mini 4 will be adopting several of the iPad Air 2’s hardware like it’s decreased thickness and higher-MP iSight camera. The current generation iPad mini is 7.5mm, but the report says that Apple will be changing the display on the new iPad mini to be fully laminated which will decrease the thickness to 6.5mm (matching the iPad Air 2). In addition, we should see the 5MP rear camera increase up to the iPad Air 2’s 8MP camera. We will probably also see internal specs updates to match the iPad Air 2’s hardware, like the A8X processor and faster Wi-Fi connectivity.

Despite rumors about the iPad Air 3 being delayed until 2016, we expect to see it alongside the iPad mini 4 and the iPad Pro in the fall. It has also been rumored that the iPad mini 4 will be the final generation before its discontinued.

Two reports claim iPad Pro coming in October alongside iPad mini 4

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This past week, two new reports came out about the iPad lineup with details for the release date of each model. The iPad Pro, which has been rumored for years, will finally be announced alongside the iPad mini 4 in October. The iPad Air 3 will apparently be put off until 2016. The first report comes to us from Economic Daily News and cites their source as an analyst so it’s based on someone’s thoughts versus someone actually working within the company. The second one, which is from DigiTimes, cites inside sources so it’s more likely to be correct.

A concept by Martin Hajek for the iPad Pro vs the iPad Air

Economic Daily News reports that Apple will be launching the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 in October, as anticipated, but will hold off on the iPad Air 3 to focus their efforts on the larger tablet. The iPad Air 3 will wait until 2016 to get updated. It also says the fourth generation of the iPad mini will be final generation as Apple plans to discontinue it in favor of other similar products, like the iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5″ display. Apple may be seeing cannibalization in sales with their iPhone lineup versus the iPad lineup. The iPad mini used to be thought of as a smaller iPad, but now it’s more of a larger iPhone 6 Plus. I have both the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad mini 2, but I don’t use my tablet as much as I did when I had the 4″ iPhone 5. The 6 Plus could replace the iPad mini or the mini could be used in conjunction with a smaller iPhone. If Apple comes out with the rumored 4″ iPhone 6c then perhaps the iPad mini would continue to have a place. Currently, I highly doubt Apple will discontinuing any iPad model any time soon and I doubt they would skip updating the iPad Air.

For the second report, DigiTimes writes that the iPad Pro will be announced in October and then released in mid-November. Apple is apparently “cautious” about placing orders so they are waiting until September for suppliers to start producing parts. Current rumors suggest the iPad Pro will have a 12.9″ Force Touch display with A9 processor and 2GB of RAM. It is also rumored to come with Apple’s first stylus, a USB-C port and NFC connectivity.

iPad Pro Mockup: Martin Hajek

Sources: Economic Daily News and DigiTimes

Report claims iPad mini 4 coming in early 2015 and will replace two generations

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In October, Apple refreshed their iPad lineup with the introduction of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  The Air gained many improvements, like a thinner body, Touch ID, more efficient A8X processor and higher storage capacity, while the mini only received a couple updates.  We concluded that either Apple was discontinuing the iPad mini or they wanted to differentiate the two products since they are practically the same tablet with two sizes of displays.  Mac Fan is posting some details for the iPad Air Plus in their magazine for January and also claiming the iPad mini 4 will be coming out in the Spring, supporting our theory that Apple wants to differentiate the mini.

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The iPad mini 4 will be receiving the updates it should have received in October.  The processor powering the tablet will be upgraded to the A8X processor, like the iPad Air 2 and unlike the iPad mini 3.  It will also receive the same design that the Air 2 has and the tablet will replace the iPad mini 1st generation and iPad mini 3rd generation.  The iPad mini 4 will come out alongside the iPad Air Plus in the Spring.

It appears that instead of discontinuing the iPad mini, Apple is looking to change the release date so it will be viewed differently than the iPad Air.  Since they are virtually the same tablet with different screen sizes, Apple did not update the iPad mini in October so the Air looks like the superior product. It has the better processor and camera, faster Wi-Fi connection and more features.  When the mini is updated in the Spring, it will look like a better product, but in reality, it will be the same as the iPad Air. Perhaps with six months between the two tablets, they will appear different. Personally, I have the iPad 3 and iPad mini 2, but I prefer my mini.  My full-sized iPad doesn’t have much of a need since my Mac does the same things and it’s a lot more powerful.  My iPhone still has a small screen (iPhone 5) so that’s where my mini comes in.