Apple looks set to bring some of the slimline design smarts of its iPad Air 2 to its next generation iPad mini, if a newly leaked part is anything to go by.
The iPad mini 4 rear shell has tipped up in a video on French site nowhereelse.fr, which has a strong track record of finding parts from upcoming Apple products.
The shell features a number of iPad Air 2 design quirks, not least a single grille speaker next to the Lightning port and a microphone hole in place of the mute switch.
The site also claims that the shell is significantly thinner than the one found on the current iPad mini, which left consumers and critics cold last year.
That device offered
no design changes on previous years, simply adding Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint security system.
There’s no word on when the iPad mini 4 will get an official release. Apple traditionally updates its iPad line in the months before Christmas, meaning we’re likely to be in for a long wait for this new-look tablet.
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