The iPad Mini 4 is likely a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, according to the latest speculations from the Japanese blog, Mac Otakara citing information from industry experts.
iPad Mini 4 rumored features and specifications
According to the blog, the features and specifications of the iPad Mini are almost similar to the iPad Air 2. The device is expected to come with A8 processor, ISight rear camera with 8 megapixels and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. It might also sport a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating, and it will be 6.1mm thick.
KGI Securities Analysts Ming-Chi Kuo recently issued a note to investors indicating a similar idea—iPad Mini 4 is a miniature version of the iPad Air 2.
Other speculations suggest that the iPad Mini 4 is integrated with a new speaker grill, 2GB RAM, Force Touch and Apple Pay support.
Apple is expected to launch the iPad Mini 4 along with the iPad Air 3 and iPad Pro in October. The tech giant aims to boost its iPad sales by releasing the three devices.
Some technology observers suggest that the iPad Mini 4 is likely the last model from Apple’s line-up of “mini” tablets based on the fact that the tech giant already developed the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
iPad Mini 4 potential price tag
According to speculations, Apple will likely introduce the iPad Mini 4 with a lower price at $463 compared with the iPad Mini 3, which has a price tag of $494.
Technology observers suggest the Apple will reduce the price of the iPad Mini 3 to around $387 following the release of the iPad Mini 4 ,iPad Air 3 and iPad Pro.
iPad Air 3 launching delayed
A previous report from Fubon Bank analyst Liaoxian Yi suggested that Apple decided to delay the launching of the iPad Air 3 until 2016. The tech giant aims to focus its attention on the iPad Pro.
According to Yi, Apple made the decision to alleviate pressure on Foxconn Technology, which is exclusively manufacturing the iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro. Apple also ordered components from its reliable suppliers. The tech giant ordered more LCD panels from Sharp than Samsung Electronics.
A separate report indicated that Apple is cautious in ordering components for the iPad Pro because it is expecting a lukewarm response from consumers. Based on reports, the iPad Pro comes with a pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus, NFC capabilities, and a Force Touch technology. The device also features an A9 processor, 2GB RAM, and a USB Type –C port.