There’s a great deal of excitement around for iOS users, as they know Apple will be releasing iOS 7 later this year, although we will get a sneak peak next month during WWDC 2013. However, what’s more important are those new devices we keep hearing so much about, with the iPad mini 2 being one of them.
This is a very important update for Apple, one they need to get right. The reason for this is because Apple has proved that the iPad mini is a success, but it’s far from perfect. We know changes need to be made, but there is a fear compromises will have to be made in order to keep costs down.
Current iPad mini specs — We already know that the iPad mini still gives you the full iPad experience but in a smaller package. The 7.9-inch screen has been a hit because it is considered a perfect size for those who do not wish to carry a full size tablet around with them. Storage comes in a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The dual-core A5 processor is the same found in the iPad 2. There’s also a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Expected iPad mini 2 features — Apple should stick with the same 7.9-inch screen size, but upgrade this to a Retina display, which would then give the new model a 2048 x 1536 resolution. It’s obvious that a processor upgrade is needed, so one would assume the dual-core A6X CPU would find its way in the 2013 iPad mini 2 refresh. We do hope both cameras will see improvements, and a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera would be very welcome indeed.
As for the design (see concept design videos), we expect a thinner bezel, so the iPad mini 2 should be thinner and lighter. Current iPad mini owners have expressed their concerns and how they feel Apple will be able to rectify these with the new model. The first is to redesign the speakers in a way that they face you, although they don’t wish to know they are there in front of you though. An iPad mini 2 128GB version would be welcome for those who store a lot of content on their devices. Finally, because there have been rumors to suggest the next iPhone could come with a fingerprint scanner, this feature has also been expressed by those thinking of purchasing the next iPad mini.
When we begin to see the first iPad mini 2 vs. iPad mini comparison videos on YouTube, will there just be minor differences or extensive?
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