A brand-new report out of Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara [Google Translate] suggests that a refresh of the iPad Mini line could possibly be striking mid-cycle, bringing a beefier processor chip and faster Wi-Fi to a fourth-generation iPad mini.

Considering that the iPad Mini 3 was only a mild refresh on its predecessor, loading the same handling rate and power and essentially bring in only Touch ID and a gold shade alternative into the mix, numerous have actually hoped the fourth generation version of the device would certainly be a much more substantial upgrade compared to in 2013’s. Mac Otakara‘s report states that the upgrade would certainly replace the iPad Mini 3’s current A7 processor chip and 802.11 n Wi-Fi with an A8 CPU and 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi.

Mac Otakara informs MacRumors, nonetheless, that there is some uncertainty with this report, and Mac Otakara is not persuaded it is exact.

A brief product pattern for an iPad would certainly not be unprecedented, as the 9.7-inch iPad viewed a seven-month period in its third-generation, with the fourth-generation model shifting the iPad update pattern from the very early part of the year to the late component and enabling Apple to swiftly make the shift to the Lightning connector across its iOS device lineup.

Timing on a possible mid-cycle refresh for the iPad mini is not completely clear, however the evident candidate in the near-term is Apple’s “Spring Ahead” event this coming Monday, March 9. Mac Otakara additionally claims Apple has been pressing out iPad and notebook delivery estimates for resellers to 2-3 weeks, perhaps meaning some imminent lineup changes.

Apple reportedly has a MacBook Air refresh in the jobs and delivery estimations for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro have likewise slid today, fueling rumors of updates at Monday’s occasion. The firm will, however, probably dedicate a lot of the show to details on the Apple Watch, so it is uncertain how several other updates Apple will really want to include in the event.

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