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.
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.