Realistically, the safest money remains on an iPad Mini 2 release date around the one-year birthday of the original iPad Mini – i.e. sometime this fall. That being said, there still plenty who remain adamant that the iPad Mini 2 launch has been penciled in for the summer months, or perhaps even as early as May.
However, what remains a crucial point of focus for all involved is the subject iPad Mini 2 specs and features – the specs and features considered critical to make the second-generation model an instant success-story.
So, what may or may not be coming our way this time around?
Well, right off the bat the biggest deal-breaker of them all will be inclusion of a Retina display with the iPad Mini 2 – something you could at this stage safely bank your life on. The iPad Mini was already behind many of its rivals in terms of screen quality upon its launch last year, so for Apple to send the thing anywhere other than right to the top of the pecking order this time would frankly be a disaster.
As far as raw grunt under the hood goes, the current iPad Mini features a comparatively lame A5 processor and 512MB of RAM – again, way behind so many rivals that sport massively cheaper price-tags. The iPad Mini 2 therefore may not need planet-moving power, but it certainly needs to up the ante enough to cope with heavier users.
And speaking of cheaper price-tags, people weren’t exactly thrilled with the $329 price of the original iPad Mini, given the fact that alternatives like the Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and various others were already dipping below the $200. This time around therefore, there is no way Apple will get away with a release of an iPad Mini 2 for even a penny higher than the original – ideally it should arrive for $299 strike a chord with the masses.