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Jan 27, 2013

Apple iPad Mini 2 Codenamed J85 Launching This October

As far as the next iPad mini is concerned, pretty much all bets are on a Retina display and (perhaps) a faster processor. No redesign, pundits assume, and now one source says the second-generation device is coming out in fall.

One knowledgeable (and allegedly reliable) source cited by iLounge says Apple is currently prototyping an iPad mini 2 bearing a code name of J85. The refresh is “currently planned for October,” just like the fifth-generation (full-size) iPad. Both tablets are said to come to parity design-wise. Other sources told the site pretty much the same thing about the iPad mini 2: “it will look and feel basically the same as the first-generation model but feature a Retina screen.” However, the trail of technical details stops here. No one really knows what Apple plans to do with the iPad mini 2 internally, but it is safe to assume it will boast the usual CPU and memory upgrades that we’ve all grown accustomed to.

The screen is also believed to be of IGZO technology developed by Sharp. The Japanese panel maker has reportedly all but halted production of old-generation iPad panels to move to the new displays for what is believed to be an all-Retina lineup on Apple’s tablet front starting this year. It’s certainly not farfetched, given that Apple is doing the same thing on the Macintosh front – gradually equipping all its laptops with Retina displays. At the moment, the MacBook Pro range of computers is the only notebook line to feature the high-density (pixel) displays.

The iPad mini is slowly (but surely) becoming Apple’s most popular iPad, and for good reason too. Its portability, usability, battery-life-span and even the design are clear winners for the $329/€329 tablet PC.  It’s pretty much a given that the next version will offer users enhanced visuals and a speedier overall experience.

iPad mini screen closeup
Image credits to Apple


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