Another day is upon us and we have yet another leaked set of 3D CAD files that purportedly show one of Apple’s upcoming hardware products. A number of reports over the last few weeks have suggested that the fourth-generation iPad mini will fall in line visually with the current iPad flagship model, the iPad Air 2. This change would involve in reduction in thickness from 7.5mm to 6.1mm. The latest 3D CAD files to make an appearance on the web seem to support that speculation by showing a device that measures in at just 6.13mm in thickness and looks a lot like its bigger brother.

A video of the CAD render has made its way online thanks to the @onleaks Twitter account that comes equipped with a fairly commendable record of predicting the future of Apple products. It’s also notable that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an equally formidable prediction record, has recently gone on record as stating that his company also believes that Apple will bring the next-generation iPad mini more in line with the iPad Air 2. This progression would extend to the technical specification of the device as well as the overall aesthetics and form factor.

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There’s no denying that an overhaul of the iPad mini exterior to match that of the slender iPad Air 2 would be welcomed by potential consumers. Speculation is also suggesting that Apple has plans to integrate the same forward-facing 8-megapixel camera that is found in its current flagship iPad, as well as improving the Retina display with an anti-glare coating for those who love to read and interact with content when out and about. Of course, this is all hypothetical and actually relies on the leaked CAD render being an official Apple creation.


Additional conjecture pertaining to Apple’s miniature 7.9-inch iPad suggests that we could welcome it into our lives during the month of October, based on the three previous generational releases. The device could potentially come equipped with Apple’s powerful A8 processor, as well as 2GB of RAM which should give it a significant performance increase over its predecessor. With a number of different sources all saying the same thing, it’s pretty much nailed on that the fourth-generation iPad mini will be one to keep an eye on.

Here’s the CAD render on video!

(Source: Twitter)

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