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Pictures claim to show Apple's 'space gray' second-gen iPad mini shell

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The second generation of Apple's iPad mini will come in the new "space gray" hue debuted by the iPhone 5s, if newly-leaked images of the anticipated device's rear shell are to be believed.

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Apple's upcoming refresh of the best-selling iPad mini will see the device's slate coloring dropped in favor of the company's new gray, according to newly-leaked photos purported to show the iPad Mini 2's rear shell. The images, which also depict slight structural updates, were first uncovered by French blog NowhereElse.fr and match up to another recent leak of purported iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 sim trays.

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"Space gray," introduced with the new flagship iPhone 5s, succeeds "black and slate" as the darkest color on offer from Cupertino. Following the phone's introduction, the company's iPod lineup was also updated to introduce the new shade.

The second-generation iPad mini is expected to be announced by Apple at an event in October, alongside a new fifth-generation iPad. It's expected that Apple's next 7.9-inch tablet will feature a high-resolution Retina display, while the new full-size iPad will sport a redesigned chassis similar to the iPad mini.

Both devices have been outed in numerous part leaks that have arrived throughout 2013. But Wednesday's latest leak is the first indication that the anodized aluminum back may adopt Apple's new "space gray" coloring.
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I hope this is in addition to and doesn't replace the current natural aluminum color.

What is with this anodized aluminum thing anyway? One minor scratch and the whole effect is blown.
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Like I said in another thread, is it possible the ipad 5 has smaller bezels but the same footprint, making it wider?

 

The case pics I seen looks to have a screen that is more "square" than rectangle.

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Assuming the mini goes Retina I'll be saying goodbye to my 3RD gen iPad.

All going well the leaks will be pretty concrete about the display so that I can flog it before the news announcement.
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I'm glad I'll have a collector's item of a charcoal iPad mini. I prefer the color much more so on the mini than the iPhone 5.
 
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post #6 of 53
No flash at all, so low light photos will be still out of the question, looks like.
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The slate models are going away for 2 reasons: the grey model looks much nicer [subjective, I suppose], but the biggest reason is the slate model gets chipped and scratched way too easily.
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I hope this is in addition to and doesn't replace the current natural aluminum color.

 

It's replacing the stale model.

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Looks superb ! This thing is more apealing to me than the white one.
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No flash at all, so low light photos will be still out of the question, looks like.

 

A flash would be nice, and I'm sure they will add one eventually to make the device more appealing, but it could easily be argued that adding features that encourages people to take photos with iPads is not a good thing.

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Originally Posted by Mac_128 View Post

I hope this is in addition to and doesn't replace the current natural aluminum color.

What is with this anodized aluminum thing anyway? One minor scratch and the whole effect is blown.

 

Well, anodised means that the outermost layer gets coloured. Its not like when you dye something and a cloth gets the colour through and through. So, when you scratch away the outermost, coloured layer you see the natural aluminium. 

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I just want a color to match my smart underwear.
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Assuming the mini goes Retina I'll be saying goodbye to my 3RD gen iPad.

All going well the leaks will be pretty concrete about the display so that I can flog it before the news announcement.

This. Loving that space gray iPad shell!
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No flash at all, so low light photos will be still out of the question, looks like.

 

Please don't take pictures with an iPad. Please. Please. Please.

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Looks like Liquidmetal?

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Ooh I like this. Now my mind has visions of a rMBP in space gray. Yum yum.
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Looks like Liquidmetal?

 

Liquid metal looks like chrome. Nothing like this.

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Anyone have any thoughts on whether it'll have an A6x or an A7 CPU?

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I think the space gray is a direct response to the scratching/nicking issue on the black iPhones. It's possible that the space gray is easier to anodize to a bigger depth. Also there would be less contrast when scratches do happen.
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Thats a shame for the lighter colour since it matches with the iMac & accessories (keyboard and mouse) also with the new silver iPhone.
Which I'm on a upgrade for, I was going (need) to get an iPad but if that's going space grey then it doesn't fit into the rest!?

This means that newer iMac's and accessories will be going this root too?
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Looks like Liquidmetal?

 

Liquid metal looks like chrome. Nothing like this.

Disagree. It is much more greyish than chrome.

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Anyone have any thoughts on whether it'll have an A6x or an A7 CPU?

 

I presume you mean A7x ?

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Please don't take pictures with an iPad. Please. Please. Please.

 

There seems to be a huge wave of protest about people using their tablets to take photos and record video...can I ask "why?". Is it simply because it looks dumb to hold up a large device to some people?

 

The screen of the iPad is far better at determining the quality of a photo than the iPhone's is. I don't know how many times I've taken a picture with my iPhone and thought it looked fine, only to get it on my computer at home and realize how out of focus it is.

 

The only real reason to not use the iPad to take photos is because of the quality of the camera. If it were on par with the iPhone's, I would definitely prefer to use my iPad over my Phone to take photos.

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No flash at all, so low light photos will be still out of the question, looks like.

People who use an iPad to take photo's should be shot (with a proper camera¡)
Probably the same people making a video in portrait mode.
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I hope this is in addition to and doesn't replace the current natural aluminum color.

It's replacing the stale model.

You think the current model is stale¿
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I presume you mean A7x ?

 

Didn't the iPad 2 only have an A5?  Anyways, I can see a 64 bit processor having more longevity that a 32 bit processor so yeah, I'm hoping for A7(x)

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I'm really only interested in whether the mini is going to have fingerprint detection and whether or not it's going to be 64bit.  

 

I also prefer to think of "space grey" as "NeXT grey & black."

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A flash would be nice, and I'm sure they will add one eventually to make the device more appealing, but it could easily be argued that adding features that encourages people to take photos with iPads is not a good thing.

 

Why?  People always say this but they never have a reason beyond "looks silly" which isn't a reason at all.  

 
The mini has a huge viewfinder and takes excellent pictures.  To me, the bigger fool is one who won't use a superior product for fear of looking foolish. 
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Didn't the iPad 2 only have an A5?  Anyways, I can see a 64 bit processor having more longevity that a 32 bit processor so yeah, I'm hoping for A7(x)

 

It does, but I think he was referring to the fact that the iPad 3 and 4 both got a slightly faster "x" version of whatever was just released for the previous iPhone (5, 5x, 6, 6x).  The iPad mini however, debuted with iPad 2 internals and thus the A5.  

 

I think until we see this second mini, it's a bit of a toss up as to whether Apple sees it as a full fledged iPad (thus presumably getting the 7x if it exists or at least the 7), or whether they see it like the iPhone 5c and it will just have "last years" internals from the main iPad line (presumably the 6x).  

 

There is certainly an advantage to going 64 bit for the whole line, and certainly an advantage to having fingerprint sensing for the whole line, but we don't know yet.  The lack of a flash is a bit alarming to me in that it implies "budget" device in a way.  I sure hope not though.  The mini is IMO the best iOS device they make.  I hope they don't keep it as a sort of retarded cousin with "budget" components and a downgraded camera.  

 

There is also that rumour to consider, that Apple was going to make a crap "budget" mini this time, and then release a "proper" one halfway through next year.  This would be a dirty trick indeed, but Apple has done things like that before. 

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I hope iPad 5 will have Touch ID. Perfect if mini has it too.
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It does, but I think he was referring to the fact that the iPad 3 and 4 both got a slightly faster "x" version of whatever was just released for the previous iPhone (5, 5x, 6, 6x).  The iPad mini however, debuted with iPad 2 internals and thus the A5.  

 

I think until we see this second mini, it's a bit of a toss up as to whether Apple sees it as a full fledged iPad (thus presumably getting the 7x if it exists or at least the 7), or whether they see it like the iPhone 5c and it will just have "last years" internals from the main iPad line (presumably the 6x).  

 

There is certainly an advantage to going 64 bit for the whole line, and certainly an advantage to having fingerprint sensing for the whole line, but we don't know yet.  The lack of a flash is a bit alarming to me in that it implies "budget" device in a way.  I sure hope not though.  The mini is IMO the best iOS device they make.  I hope they don't keep it as a sort of retarded cousin with "budget" components and a downgraded camera.  

 

There is also that rumour to consider, that Apple was going to make a crap "budget" mini this time, and then release a "proper" one halfway through next year.  This would be a dirty trick indeed, but Apple has done things like that before. 

 

Can't imagine the Mini having A7, fingerprint reader, and retna and staying at the $329 price.  Either the price has to go up or the features have to go down. 

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I like this titanium looking back much bette than the dark, almost black slate.
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Come to think of it, mini probably uses A6 so no Touch ID.
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Why?  People always say this but they never have a reason beyond "looks silly" which isn't a reason at all.  

 
The mini has a huge viewfinder and takes excellent pictures.  To me, the bigger fool is one who won't use a superior product for fear of looking foolish. 

 

Mini is okay for taking pictures.

 

Taking pictures with the regular iPad makes all Apple users look like the sterotype ( yuppy with very little tech knowlege)

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... Probably the same people making a video in portrait mode. ...

 

If I want to take a video of a person walking and keep that person in frame, a "portrait" video is the perfect framing for that.  It's good for lots of things.  

 

People should forget about how everything "used to be" and move forward IMO.  When I see a portrait video on a widescreen display and it's awkward, the first thing I think is not "that idiot shouldn't have taken this video in portrait mode," it's ... "why can't I swing my TV around on the wall to watch this properly?"  The displays should always adapt to the content not the other way around.    

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Ugh. 

 

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Like I said in another thread, is it possible the ipad 5 has smaller bezels but the same footprint, making it wider?

 

The case pics I seen looks to have a screen that is more "square" than rectangle.

 

maybe… but I doubt it… if anything, I would think it be smaller (that said,bezels are required for a thumb pinch and/or a stand, and allow for more battery).

 

The iPad Retina aspect ratio is pretty locked down… unless they are going to a new technology that is significantly better in visual presentation at the same or less price  (amoLED… doubtful given the state of the shelf), I don't see them either adding pixels or making them bigger [as that reduces the RD resolution].  adding more pixels, to gain 1/2" and toss all the developer screen layouts and artwork to the gutter without advanced warning seems crazy… at least until they fully retire the 3gs and iPad Mini/2 pixel dimensions.
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I'm really only interested in whether the mini is going to have fingerprint detection and whether or not it's going to be 64bit. 

 

It's going 64 bit, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if the 5S is the only device getting Touch ID this year, like the Siri release.

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Why?  People always say this but they never have a reason beyond "looks silly" which isn't a reason at all. 

 

It looks silly is a reason, but I find it comes across as more obnoxious and rude over silly. And with Apple not adding a flash to it perhaps they fell the same? But like I said, Apple may eventually feel the need to match that feature when all the other tablets have flashes.

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Why?  People always say this but they never have a reason beyond "looks silly" which isn't a reason at all.  

 

It depends on the environment you're in.

 

At a stadium, or a public aquarium (at a scheduled feeding time), or a similar audience-type event... holding a tablet over the heads of the people in front of you significantly blocks the view for others behind you.  It's rude and thoughtless, especially if the tablet-holder is capturing video.

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Come to think of it, mini probably uses A6 so no Touch ID.

 

quite possibly the A6x… just to make it align with the performance window of the current iPad 4.

 
the Mini is the 'low cost consumer iPad'   Consider the 'iPad' the 'useful professional' mobility device.
 
The bigger question is M7 to me… The Mini is more likely to be useful 'out of the box' with M7  and as it would be with a larger 'professional' platform'  and can the M7 offload the A6x processor.
 
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