‘iPad mini 4′ rear shell with iPad Air 2 design reportedly revealed in new video

French website Nowehereelse has posted alleged photos of the unannounced “iPad mini 4″ chassis, packing a design that brings it closer to the iPad Air 2, after the iPad mini’s humble refresh in the fall of 2014.

The rear shell does look quite familiar to the current generation iPad mini unit, but with a single row of large speaker holes, along with the removal of a Mute switch, the iPad Air 2 characteristics are impossible to ignore.
The iPad mini 4, or whatever Apple calls it, is rumored to be as thin as the iPad Air 2, but that would certainly only be one element that Apple would have to update to get potential buyers interested in picking up the smaller iPad model. Newer hardware under the hood, and probably a better screen, would go a long way in winning folks over.

The rest of the alleged iPad mini 4 chassis is nothing too surprising: a cut-out at the top where a cellular LTE modem would go, a Lightning connector on the bottom, and 10 holes on each side for stereo speakers. Presumably it will keep its 7.9-inch Retina display, and may even pack a slimmer profile.

The leak on Tuesday makes a bit of sense. In early-March, Japan-based publication Macotakara reported the iPad mini 4 will feature an A8 processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi – the same specifications found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but a step down from the speedier A8X chip found in the iPad Air 2.

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