Rumor: ‘iPad mini Air’ could be be 30% thinner

iPad mini S

The second half of this year is gearing up to be an exciting one if you are a fan of Apple products, as the company is expected to take the wraps off new iPhones, iPads, the so-called “iWatch” and possibly new Macs and beyond. The latest rumors surround the so-called “iPad mini Air,” which is expected to be 30% thinner than its predecessor. 

According to G for Games, citing a report from Taiwan’s United Daily News, the third-generation iPad mini will adopt the “iPad mini Air” moniker and be 30% thinner than the current iPad mini with Retina display. If the rumor is true, the iPad mini Air would have an ultra-thin 5.25 mm design over the current iPad mini’s 7.5 mm thickness.

The publication also suggests that the iPad mini Air will be powered by the rumored Apple A8 processor, which could be a dual-core chip clocked at 2 GHz or higher. Apple manufacturing partner TSMC is believed to be fulfilling A8 chip orders.

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The report also briefly mentions the 12.9-inch iPad, reigniting rumors about the so-called “iPad Pro.” The United Daily News believes that the tablet could launch at the end of the third quarter or beginning of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, David Hsieh, VP of the Greater China Market at DisplaySearch, says the larger tablet would not launch until at least 2015.

It is important to note that while Taiwan’s United Daily News and other overseas publications often have connections with Apple industry sources, the veracity of many of these rumors cannot be confirmed. As such, I once again suggest taking this report with a proverbial grain of salt.

What do you make of these iPad-related rumors?