Mention of three new models of iPad Mini have been spotted in a
pre-release version of Apple’s upcoming iOS 7, but seemingly without a
key hardware feature many are hoping for.
Pointing to hidden
iOS 7 code sent in by a developer, 9to5Mac notes mention of
models “2,8,” “2,9,” and “2,10” which represent higher numbers than
Apple’s existing trio of iPad Minis, which are listed in code as “2,5,”
“2,6,” and “2,7.”
The new models also have a reference to the same A6 chip found inside of the
but without the typical references to double-resolution images found in
iOS devices with Retina Displays. That strongly suggests these new iPad
Mini models would come with a screen that’s the same resolution as the
The mentions and specifications of the new hardware line up with what NPD DisplaySearch said last month.
That same report also suggested that new models would be slimmer than
the current model, but did not go into specifics on why.
Sniffing out new hardware features in Apple’s code can be a hit or miss affair. Code referencing “4G”
appeared in iOS 5.1 in early 2012, though Apple didn’t ship a phone
with 4G LTE connectivity until the iPhone 5 last September. That code
did, in fact, show up in a late-stage beta version of iOS 6 a month before that hardware came out.
Apple released the iPad Mini last October, and it was an immediate
hit, with the company reporting sales of 3 million in its first three
days on sale. Analysts have expected that the product won’t be updated
until the first part of next year, missing the all-important holiday
shopping season. That’s despite increased competition from Google and its new Nexus 7, and a rumored fresh crop of Kindle fire tablets from Amazon.