We all loved the iPad mini 3 when it came out, but on analysis of its features, it was clear it was really just a refresh of the very successful iPad mini 2, with the addition of a new colour option (gold) plus the handy fingerprint sensor security function. This lack of many new features was a bit of a disappointment. However, for some time there have been rumours of a totally new iPad mini in the offing – the iPad mini 4. Trouble is, at the moment they’re just rumours, so let’s take a look at what are people saying in relation to this potential Apple iDevice release.
Here we have summarised the main points of the most prevalent rumours, and it will be interesting to re-visit them once the next iPad release is confirmed to see which were right and which ended up being way off the mark.
Announcement and Release?
First of all, when could it potentially be announced and then released? The history of iPad releases gives us some hints here. The iPad mini, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 were all announced in October from 2012 to 2014 respectively. These announcements were followed between 10 and 21 days later by the release of each of the models.
This could lead us to suspect that the iPad mini 4 could be announced in October 2015 and released a couple of weeks later – so far so logical.
However, the calculations could be thrown out by the rumour that the iPad Pro – a totally new beast with a screen even larger than the iPad Air, may be announced some time between April to June 2015, and the iPad mini 4 could be announced at the same time – a kind of big brother little brother act. This is certainly one to watch out for.
What else are people saying about a possible iPad mini 4? The Japanese are the ones talking most about this iDevice, and they say it could be made thinner than the currently models, a bit more like the iPad Air which would improve the handle. It may also contain the A8X processor, the same as the one in the iPad Air 2, which would certainly make sense and it makes for fast and efficient operation.
Other rumours suggest that after release of the iPad mini 4, Apple would stop making some of the other models such as the first iPad mini, and the iPad mini 3, but would keep the iPad mini 2 alive as an entry-level affordable option, which does make sense as history show us that the iPad 2 was still alive and kicking for quite a while when some of its followers had already demised.
We will certainly be keeping our ears to the ground on this one, and as soon as any developments can be confirmed we’ll pass them on.