The iPad mini 3 was a virtual afterthought last year, but in 2015 it’s going to get a serious upgrade, according to a new report.
Instead of the glorified iPad mini 2 we got with last year’s launch, the iPad mini 4 is said to be a miniature version of the iPad Air 2. That means 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, anti-reflective coating on a fully laminated display, and 6.1mm thickness.
Oh, and contrary to previous rumors, we might get a new iPad Air this year, too.
The idea that the iPad mini 4 could take a page out of the iPad Air’s playbook isn’t new. According to a recently-released video showing what is alleged to be a 4th generation iPad mini rear shell, the device looks set to borrow a few design flourishes from its tablet big brother.
Today’s report also suggests that we’ll get an unparalleled three new iPads this year — with the iPad mini 4, iPad Air 3, and also iPad Pro all arriving later in 2015.
If true, this certainly shows that Apple is serious about turning around its iPad business, which fell again this past quarter. By having refreshed small and medium tablets available, alongside a newly-launched supersize edition, Apple can truly get a sense of where consumer tastes currently are with regards to its iPad business.