Wishing for a leaner iPad Air 2? The iPad Mini 4 could be it

If the iPad Air 2, despite all its top specs, seems a bit too heavy to hold on to or carry around, you can rest assured that Apple is probably working on one such device that will launch later this year.

Japanese tech-site Macotakara was recently quoted by Apple Insider to claim that the next iPad Mini 4 will feature several commonalities with the existing iPad Air 2 in terms of size and features.

Being designed as a shrunken version of Apple's flagship iPad, the iPad Mini 4 is set to see its thickness reduced from 7.5mm to 6.1mm and will also contain a laminated display with antireflective coating.

The new iPad will also borrow several features from the iPad Air 2 like a 8MP iSight camera, A8 processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

Apple's iPad Mini 3 was launched late in October last year, so we suspect the Mini 4 launch may coincide with iOS 9 release this year and the new tablet should contain new iOS 9 features like split view, Multi-touch gestures, battery-saving and revamped HealthKit features.

Apple Insider also believes that the upcoming iPad Air 3, supposed to be launched along with the iPad Mini 4 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, will be of the same size as the existing iPad Air 2, except that the new flagship tablet may feature a new A9 processor and several iOS 9 features.

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