Alleged iPad mini 4 case leak confirms lack of mute switch

Alleged iPad mini 4 case leak confirms lack of mute switch
The iPad mini 3 upgrade features, compared to its predecessor, were so miniscule, that Apple barely devoted a few minutes on its announcement last year. The folks from Cupertino left the iPad mini 3 largely unchanged from its already svelte predecessor in terms of design, but included a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which means you can now use it with Apple Pay - the company's budding mobile payment system. There's a new golden color option, and the 32 GB model has disappeared in favor of a 64 GB one, but that's about it - other than those it sports the dimensions and silicon of its predecessor.

The eventual move from the iPad mini 3 to an iPad mini 4 this year, however, might turn out to be more significant, judging from the leaked photos and video of its alleged casing back in the spring. Now, a soft silicon case, claimed to be for the iPad mini 4, has appeared, indicating we might be nearing its launch, as case makers start gearing up for that well ahead of the official announcement. 

The Apple iPad mini 4 is allegedly coming in the fall with an updated, thinner design, a single row of speaker grill openings, a mic in the place of the mute switch, and a lot of improvements under the hood, such as the new A9 processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Naturally, it is also expected to run the newest iOS 9 with its heavier emphasis on multitasking, especially on tablets.

source: OnLeaks (Twitter)



1. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I hope they dont follow suit with the iphone. I love the mute switch on my iphone and use it every day. Certain things just work better with a physical button.

2. gaming64 unregistered

Apple, please don't do this. It's one of the best things with the iPad/iPad Mini. Apple did this mistake last year, please not again.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I don't get it, both android and ios are making it tougher to mute your device? why?

4. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I can see it on my Android device, although not really "hard", just more steps...But on iOS there is a mute switch on the side of your phone >.>

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well yeah, but like before you could hold down power key and then mute from that menu, now..nope, and now IOS follows suit by removing a mute switch? why? why make it harder to mute your phone there's a million reasons to have a quick mute ability instead of having to do several steps. I don't understand why they do this :(

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Because it is a physical switch, it takes a lot of space. Apple plans to keep milking the idiotic with their whole thinner and lighter with no real upgrade crusade. So the physical buttons are now on the chopping block since everything else is kind of already subpar (I'm looking at you battery life). There are already rumors of no home button, mute switch is an after thought in comparison.

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well that could be it for Apple. No clue why android did it though. :(

7. Simona unregistered

looks like with carppy lightning still

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder if the mini 4, will get the A9X tri core, 2 gigs of the good stuff, and all of iOS 9.

9. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

There has to be a point where they can't make a device any thinner, and thats with every company. Give us bigger batteries.. wtf

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed! I'd like to see the next iPhone, and iPad be a little thicker, and get bigger batts. They're already really nice looking devices, why not give em more guts.

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