Apple disappointed fans of its iPad Mini last year when it released an update to the 7.9-inch iPad that was so minimal it was basically negligible. Luckily, the company may already be working on the next-generation of its smaller tablet, the iPad Mini 4.
The very first leak popped up at the beginning of March in a report from Macokatara, a Japanese publication. Unnamed sources claimed that the iPad Mini 4 would be powered by the A8 processor that’s currently found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPad Mini 4 was also rumored to get the long-awaited update to the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which was a glaring omission on last year’s model.
Then, in early April, French leaker @OnLeaks posted a video of an alleged iPad Mini 4 chassis with a slightly altered design. Gone is the orientation lock and mute switch from the right side of the device, and in its place, sits a microphone. The same volume buttons are still there, and the power button will presumably stay at the top of the device, though that part was cut out of the chassis shown in the video. These design changes are very similar to what we saw on the iPad Air 2, which lends some credibility to the claim that this shell came from Apple.
The chassis also has a cut-out at the top, where an LTE modem would be placed. The bottom of the device shows space for a Lightning connector and 10 holes on both sides for speakers. The casing might also be slimmer, though it’s hard to tell in the video. Otherwise, the chassis in the video looks mostly like the iPad Mini 3. It’s made from aluminum and comes in a silver finish.
At this point, nothing else is known about the iPad Mini 4, least of all its prospective launch date. However, we’ll keep you updated here on all the news that hits the Web ahead of its release.