Apple’s first refresh of the iPad mini is expected in the not-too-distant future and thanks to some recently discovered code hidden in the newest beta of iOS 7, we now have a better understanding of what Cupertino is working with.
For starters, there will likely be three revisions of the second generation iPad mini: iPad “2,8,” iPad “2,9,” and iPad “2,10” with respective code names J75, J76, and J77. These part numbers suggest an iPad mini with Wi-Fi only and two others with carrier-backed wireless radios. For reference, the existing iPad mini uses codes iPad “2,5,” iPad “2,6,” and iPad “2,7.”
Inside is an updated processor with platform code s5l8950x, otherwise known as the A6 chip found in the iPhone 5. This CPU should give the mini slate a marked boost in overall performance compared to the A5-based chip in the current model. Those hoping for a Retina display appear to be out of luck as all signs suggest new models will use the same screen as the current mini.
Of course, keep in mind that these are simply references to products that Apple is currently testing. As with a number of products from various manufacturers, not everything that gets tested makes it to market. As such, it’s entirely plausible based on other rumors, consumer demand and pressure from the competition that Apple could postpone an iPad mini refresh until a Retina model is ready for production.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The Google Nexus 7 is the first Google tablet and is manufactured in partnership with Asus. It features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and a Tegra 3 SoC which itself comprises a quad-core CPU and twelve-core GPU. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, also you get a front-facing camera and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
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