This Year’s iPad Mini (Air?) To Be 30% Thinner? 12.9-inch iPad Back In The News

While the blogosphere has been boiling with leaks and rumors regarding the iPhone 6, the next-gen iPads haven’t enjoyed as much time under the spotlight as its smaller sibling(s). Nevertheless, each passing day brings us closer to the day on which Apple will lift the veil on its upcoming tablets, and new reports concerning the aforementioned devices seem to start popping up on a regular basis.

Such is the case today, as a new report from China targets both the iPad Mini 3, as well as the fabled 12.9-inch iPad. Interested in what the industry has to say about these slates? If so, then join us after the break for more details.

iPad Mini Air to be 30% Thinner – 12.9-inch iPad Makes the Rounds Again

Today’s reports regarding Apple’s tablet line-up concern both the iPad Mini 3 as well as the 12.9-inch iPad. Starting off with the smaller model, these latest rumors suggest that the iPad Mini 3 might borrow the “Mini Air” moniker. More importantly however, the Chinese media reports that one of the tablet’s biggest selling points will be its thinness, and that the device will allegedly be 30% thinner than the previous model. In addition, the publication suggests that the iPad Mini Air will draw its processing power from the new A8 processor which is currently manufactured by TSMC.

As for the 12.9-inch model, David Hsieh -VP of the Greater China Market at DisplaySearch- said yesterday that Apple’s tablet shipments for year 2014 will be roughly the same as last year. This stagnation is supposedly caused by the slew of “whitebox” tablets, as well as the increasing number of Samsung slates on the market, populating all niches and price-ranges. With that in mind, Apple might plan on countering the competition by expanding its tablet portfolio with a new 12.9-inch model. However, David Hsieh suggests that the larger iPad will not be released before year 2015 (contrary to the supply chain sources of Taiwan’s United Daily News, which suggest that the so called iPad Pro will debut at the end of Q3 / beginning of Q4 2014).

What are your thoughts on these latest iPad-related rumors?