The iPad mini 2 is expected to be released in October, the same month as last year, and not in the summer as rumored. Many questions has been asked as to what we can expect, and while most of you are hoping for an upgrade to a retina display, a performance increase is also on your wish list as well.
While leaks are not reliable, it does give us more if an understanding of what to expect, such as the iPad mini 2 processor. It was assumed that the next-gen iPad mini was to come with the same CPU found in the iPad 4, the Apple A6X. However, this may not be the case, because it could be the A7 chip instead.
This is significant if true because this is expected to be the same processor as Apple’s next smartphone, which is said to either be the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6. However, we find this very hard to believe for a number of reasons.
First is the expected iPad mini 2 price, as Apple will either need to keep their new mini tablet at the same price as the current model, or even do what Google is expected to do with the Nexus 7 sequel, and make it a little cheaper.
Personally, I feel that Apple will deliver on several of the rumors being discussed, but just cannot see them going with their upcoming processor, because it is a cheaper tablet, and therefore cannot have the same CPU as the iPad 5 or iPhone 5S/6.
There have also been further rumors as to the iPad mini 2 design, because it could have an even thinner bezel, making the new tablet smaller while not compromising on screen size. A recent render shows just this, as well as some new iPad mini 2 specs as well. These include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing one.
Don’t expect to find out if any of these rumors are true during WWDC 2013, because we only expect to see Apple tease iOS 7, OS X 10.9 and maybe a product refresh or two, such as the MacBook Air and Pro.
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