The next iPad Mini may be the thinnest yet out of Cupertino. The latest CAD (computer-aided design) renderings obtained by @OnLeaks, show that the anticipated iPad Mini 4 will take on a form factor that looks uncannily like the iPad Air 2.
The 7.9-inch iPad Mini 4 will also match the iPad Air 2’s thickness at 6.1 mm. At the other end of the spectrum, Apple’s next iPhones are expected to come in slightly thicker than their predecessors -- due to the addition of a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display. The iPad renderings come weeks following the publication of a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who anticipates Apple’s next small tablet to essentially be a smaller iPad Air 2.
Internally, the iPad Mini 4 is also expected to come with an 8MP rear camera, A8 processor and 2GB of RAM. In comparison, Apple’s iPad Mini 3 held the same specs as its predecessor -- the iPad Mini 2 -- with its A7 processor, 5MP camera and 1GB of RAM. The only difference was the Mini 3 came with a built-in Touch ID sensor.
The iPad Mini is among a number of products anticipated for an Apple media event which may be held on September 9, according to Buzzfeed News. Also likely to debut is the so-called “iPhone 6S,” “6S Plus” and a completely revamped Apple TV set-top box. The Apple TV was originally expected to debut during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but Apple nixed those plans at the last minute, according to the New York Times.
This fall, Apple may also unveil a new 12.9-inch tablet called the “iPad Pro.” But it’s unclear as to whether or not it will debut during the September event. The tablet may come with a number of features, including Force Touch for NFC (near-field communication) to accept mobile payments and a Bluetooth stylus.