We’ve seen the leaked hardware, we’ve watched Apple distribute event invitations: everything seemed to be coming together nicely for the launch of some new iOS tablets. We’d been expecting a new iPad 5 with updated processor, and an iPad mini 2 not just getting some new silicon, but a higher-res Retina display in the process. But then a series of old rumors returned, and we got to talking about the possibility that the new iPad mini would not be seeing that kind of screen upgrade. We’ve yet to get hard-and-fast confirmation, but the latest pic from an in-person run-in with this hardware sure is making it look like Apple just might keep the mini’s old display.
As you might remember from recent coverage of that rumor, the idea of tablet thickness has been seized upon as key to getting to the bottom of this mystery – at least, until anyone’s able to make a more direct assessment. The theory’s gone that a higher-res display would lead to Apple needing to make this iPad mini ever so slightly thicker than last year’s. Instead, as you can see above, this pic suggests that the new mini is slimming down from 7.2mm to 6.8mm. In contrast, we had heard pro-Retina rumors suggesting the iPad mini 2 would measure more like 7.5mm thick.
It’s not an open-and-shut case, but as much as we might not want to believe it, it’s seeming more likely that we’re really going to have to consider the possibility of not getting a Retina iPad mini this year.