Apple iPad mini 4 CAD render shows 6.1mm-thin body, iPad Air 2 design influence


About a month ago, we told you that a report from China claimed to shed some information about the upcoming Apple iPad mini 4. According to the report, the fourth-generation Apple iPad mini will come with a thickness of just 6.1mm, which is exactly the thickness of last year's Apple iPad Air 2.

An alleged render of the Apple iPad mini 4 leaked online yesterday courtesy of French tech blog Nowhereelse. The recently-leaked CAD render appears to lend further credibility to the previous report, revealing an iPad Mini tablet that clearly shares the design language that Apple used on the iPad Air 2, as well as its slim, 6.1mm-thick body. Check out this video for a 360-degree view of the CAD render:



Back in 2014 when Apple introduced the iPad mini 3, many fans of the compact tablet form factor were left disappointed by the tablet. Compared to the iPad mini 2, a device that Apple marketed as the iPad Mini with Retina, the only change brought by the mini 3 was the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. At this point, we have no information on the potential internal specs that Apple plans to equip the iPad Mini 4 with, but we're optimistic that the processing power will see a notable bump. Reason suggests that Apple will not test the patience of iPad fans by launching the same tablet - as far as the internal specs are concerned - three times in a row.

Apple has historically unveiled new iPads in October, but if a recent rumor is to be believed, Apple will officially introduce new iPads (a new Mini, a new Air, perhaps the often rumored 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro as well) alongside the iPhone 6S series on September 9.

What would you guys think of an Apple iPad Mini 4 that shares the design lines of the iPad Air 2?

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17 Comments

1. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I loved my iPad Mini 2. Small, but powerful. I want to see what features Apple will add to the iPad Pro to take advantage of the large screen size.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As soon as I watched WWDC, and saw mine wouldn't get split view, I sold it on Craig's. Now I have a 128 gig Air 2, at least I know it'll get 100% of iOS 9.

3. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

That's exactly what I did. Hopefully, the Air 2 will get 100% of iOS 10, lol.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol damn!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wonder how much RAM it'll get

6. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Useless 1gb Ram. What did you expect from Apple.

15. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Welcome to 2013!

7. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Im sure 2 gigs if ram ^^ the only phone i think getting 1 gig of ram from apple next line of devices is the 6c .. That if that device actually exists

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

^^^^ post 6 is an attention w***e bro. I simply ignore him. I think they'll try to make it a top seller.

9. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

3GB of DDR4 would be nice.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wouldn't it, that's one I highly doubt though.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Really would be nice.

13. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

But we and Apple don't believe in specs, but in hype and recognition of brand and emblem .

12. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

So they removed the Mute/rotation switch......Not cool apple

14. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

So what, who cares. The badge Apple logo screams. And that what counts the most.

17. gaming64 unregistered

Thanks! At least now I know that I wear a bigger badge than yours. You only get badges from whining and trolling. Good for you, arte.

16. gaming64 unregistered

That's what kept me from buying the Air 2 but since it's currently the most powerful iOS device, I might reconsider.

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