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iOS 7 Beta Details New iPad Mini without Retina Display

by Jacob Kleinman | July 31, 2013July 31, 2013 12:30 pm PST

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Apple’s second generation iPad Mini will come equipped with an A6 processor but no Retina Display, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. We’ve already heard rumors that the upcoming tablet won’t feature Apple’s super-high resolution screen, but now we’ve got unofficial confirmation from within the iOS 7 Beta.

Developer Nick Frey has uncovered a hidden file within the new iOS 7 Beta that lists the devices supported by the new software, including three versions of what appears to be the new iPad Mini. The three models Apple is apparently considering are referred to as iPad “2,8,” iPad “2,9,” and iPad “2,10,” in addition to code names J75, J76 and J77. The three models will likely include one Wi-Fi-only version and two cellular devices—the same options offered with the current iPad Mini.

The hidden file also reveals that the device will sport a “s5l8950x” CPU, which refers to Apple’s latest A6 processor currently powering the iPhone 5, while the original iPad Mini sports the A5 chip. We also know that the new iPad Mini won’t have Retina Display due to the lack of the “@2x” hooks that are used for the iPad 4 and iPhone 5.

Of course, there’s no official confirmation that the device described within the iOS 7 Beta will actually be shipped by Apple, but we expect the company to release a new iPad Mini, likely without a Retina Display, sometime between now and the fall. Recent reports point to an October launch.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...