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iOS 7 code may hint at Retina-less, A6-equipped iPad mini

updated 03:11 pm EDT, Wed July 31, 2013

Would contradict recent rumors, hurt Apple competitiveness

Apple has been testing an iPad mini upgraded to an A6 processor, but lacking a Retina display, code in the latest iOS 7 beta suggests. Three new Mini models are included in the list of supported devices: "iPad 2,8," "iPad 2,9," and "iPad 2,10," with respective codenames of J75, J76, and J77. The current Minis are the 2,5, 2,6, and 2,7, split between one Wi-Fi and two 3G/4G models.

The processor associated with the new tablets is the "s5l8950x" -- the A6 found in the iPhone 5 -- which would nevertheless be faster than the A5 found in first-gen Minis. The missing Retina support is inferred partly by the lack of hooks for "@2x" images, which are present for other devices like the iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad. 9to5Mac adds that a previously-rumored codename for a Retina Mini is the J85.

Despite the beta references, it may actually be unlikely that Apple will ship a second-gen Mini without Retina technology. Recent rumors have put one back in 2013; more significantly, a non-Retina Mini would have to compete against the second-gen Nexus 7, which has a 1080p display with more pixels per inch than even the fourth-gen iPad.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Quote: "Recent rumors have put one back in 2013"... woah, back in 2013? And what year is it now? Damn, seems like I overslept again.

  1. azrich

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-19-10

    Most recent rumors were saying an iPad Mini refresh would happen in early 2014, so the rumors are now putting it back in 2013.

    You're okay.

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