Technology moves fast so we're always looking at what the next generation can bring and when it will bring it. Here's all the rumours and information surrounding the iPad mini 3.
Ok, it probably won't be called the iPad mini 3 but that's what we're going to call it for now. The iPad mini 2 is officially called 'iPad mini with Retina display' so who knows what the next model will be christened - perhaps it will gain the 'Air' title which has been used for the latest full-size iPad.
There's really only one rumour on the iPad mini 3 release date at the moment and it seems reasonable enough. AppleInsider has obtained a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who states that Apple will bring a refreshed iPad mini in the third quarter of 2014.
That places the iPad mini 3 launch between July and September. Apple likes autumn launch events with devices going on sale shortly afterwards giving consumers the chance to make purchases in the run up to Christmas.
If we were going to put some money down on a month for the iPad mini 3 release date, it would be November but that falls in the last quarter of the year. Apple announced the original iPad mini in October 2012 with the device hitting shops in November. The iPad mini 2 was announced a year later in October and again went on sale in November.
The price of the iPad mini 3 is hard to call since the price of the iPad mini 2 is £50 more than the original - £319 compared to £269. That was mainly due to the Retina quality screen upgrade.
So, unless Apple does something major to the iPad mini 3, we expect it to come in at the same price. The firm is likely to then discontinue the original model completely (it currently sells just a 16GB at £249) and reduce the price of the iPad mini 2 and offer it in just the base storage capacity.
iPad mini 3: Specs
The first leak of iPad mini 3 specifications is an image from Nowhereelse which shows a tablet which looks like and iPad mini with a Touch ID – the fingerprint scanning home button which Apple introduced with the iPhone 5s but didn't make its way onto any iPads.
By the time the iPad mini 3 is announced, we should also be getting a new iPad Air and an iPhone 6. All should receive a new processor which is almost certainly going to be the A8, a 64-bit SoC (system on a chip). This is what Kuo states in his note.
That's a small change and it's likely that Apple will stick with the same 7.9in display with a 2048x1536 resolution which the iPad mini 2 offers. Apple will have to differentiate the new model to tempt users to upgrade.
It could make the device's design slimmer and lighter, moving it into 'Air' status. However, it's already small, light and easy to use with one hand.
The iPad mini 2 is currently available in 16-, 32-, 64- and 128GB storage options and this is likely to continue with the iPad mini 3. Will Apple add a microSD card slot? Unlikely.
At the moment it seems like the iPad mini 3 will only bring small changes and upgrades but we'll keep you up to date over the coming weeks and months.