The iPad mini 2 release date could be as early as next month as the company is expected to unveil the new device in October.
There have been several leaks of the tablet's rear shells over the past few months, with most of them being a silver color. A Japanese parts retailer posted up the first picture of the component in a new space grey color this week.
Another report from C Technology claimed that the new iPad mini will be coming in this color. It also stated that the full-sized iPad will also be released in this color. Both devices will also come in gold and silver.
A recent research note published by KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the full-sized iPad and iPad mini 2 will come with Apple's new A7X chip. This is a significant upgrade for the smaller model that used an A5 in the original version. The chip will also help support the Retina display that will be found in both new models.
Kuo predicts that component shipments for the devices will ramp up towards the end of this quarter, with mass production for the device gearing up in the fourth quarter. This falls in line with previous rumors regarding a fall launch for both tablets.
He originally believed that Apple was going to release the iPad mini 2 in early 2014, but now says Apple has sped up its development in order to compete with other small high-resolution tablets hitting the market. The main additions to the mini tablet will be the Retina display and new processor.
The report also touches on a separate iPad mini model that will launch in the beginning of next year. This will be an upgrade from the current model as it will pack an A6 processor over the A5; however, it will not come with a Retina display.
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