The iPad mini 2 will buck the trend of ever-shrinking tech and come in a smidgeon thicker than the current-generation model, reports suggest.
Accessory manufacturers quizzed at a trade fair by Japanese site Macotakara claim that the second-gen iPad mini 2 will measure 7.5mm thick. That’s slightly beefier than the 7.2mm-thick iPad mini that’s on shop shelves right now.
The extra heft is to make way for a larger battery, which in turn in is necessitated by the high-density Retina Display that Apple will introduce to its micro-tablet range for the first time with the next model.
Rumours have been rife for months that Apple faced a challenge to reproduce the super-crisp resolution of the Retina Display on a smaller screen. What wasn't known then was that this is also apparently presenting problems with the device’s dimensions.
Whether the public will care too much about being offered a larger tablet is something of a moot point, though. After all, when Apple introduced the Retina Display to the full size iPad with the iPad 3, the slate grew by a not inconsiderable 0.6-inches. And that extra bulk seemed to do little to hamper sales.
The mooted size boost ties in with long-standing chatter than the iPad mini and full-size iPad are converging.
Photos of the next standard-size iPad’s front and rear panels show more rounded edges and a smaller bezel around the screen - features Apple-watchers will recognise as design hallmarks of the iPad mini.
Both devices are also purported to pack eight-megapixel cameras – up from five megapixels.