Will Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) second-generation iPad mini actually increase in size? According to the Japan-based Apple blog MacOtakara via 9to5Mac, many of the iPad mini 2 cases seen at a recent tradeshow in China are slightly larger than the cases for the original iPad mini.
However, the size increase appears to be negligible and will most likely be imperceptible to most users. According to MacOtakara, the new cases indicate that the second-generation iPad mini 2 will be 0.2 millimeters thicker than the current 7.2 millimeter iPad mini.
The slight increase in the overall thickness of the iPad mini 2 may be due to the addition of a Retina display. Since Retina displays use more power than lower-resolution screens, it is likely that the iPad mini 2 was outfitted with a larger battery.
On the other hand, there is also the possibility that the third-party manufacturers of these iPad mini 2 cases based their designs on inaccurate measurements. It should be noted that mobile device case maker Hard Candy manufactured thousands of iPhone 4S cases based on incorrect information before the device was released in 2011.
Many industry watchers, including well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have predicted that Apple’s iPad mini 2 will feature a Retina display. Kuo also predicted that the iPad mini 2 will be powered by the A7 processor — the same chip found in the iPhone 5S.
Although Apple has yet to officially announce any new iPad products, unnamed sources cited by All Things D said that the Cupertino-based company will unveil the second-generation iPad mini and fifth-generation iPad at an invitation-only event on October 22. Here’s how Apple has traded over the past five trading sessions.
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