By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 01, 2013 04:53 AM EDT
Apple apparently has a new iPad Mini in testing and the tablet will have a faster processor, but no Retina display.
While many expect a new iPad Mini with Apple's highly-touted Retina display, new information suggests this is not the case.
Apple-centric site 9to5Mac received this information from developer Nick Frey, who found relevant references in the iOS 7 SDK. The references in question were reportedly stashed inside a hidden file that lists all devices that would support iOS 7. Moreover, some details located within the iOS 7 beta operating system backed up this information.
"According to the provided information, Apple is considering three new iPad mini models: iPad '2,8,' iPad '2,9,' and iPad '2,10.' The respective code names for the devices are J75, J76, and J77," 9to5Mac reports. "This points to one WiFi-only model and two cellular-compatible models (just like the current iPad minis)."
"The internal nomenclature for these iPads follows the current iPad minis, which are iPad '2,5,' iPad '2,6,' and iPad '2,7.'"
In terms of specs and features, the uncovered references indicate that the devices will pack the "s5I8950x" processor, which is the same A6 SoC that Apple uses for its iPhone 5. The current iPad Mini uses an A5-based model, which means the next-generation would sport great improvements in terms of processing speed compared to its predecessor.
With an A6 processor, the new iPad Mini would allow users to enjoy faster movie load times, better performance and frame rates when it comes to games, as well as a faster, more responsive OS altogether.
As 9to5Mac points out, the references further suggest that the new iPad Mini model in question will not have a Retina display. While corresponding references for Apple's Retina-equipped devices feature hooks to images at a "@2x" mode, the potential iPad Mini models found here do not include the "@2x" hook. Instead, they only include references to non-Retina images. The rumored codename for the purported Retina iPad Mini is "J85," not the "J75" mentioned here.
Keep in mind, however, that while these references reveal that Apple is testing a new iPad Mini with a faster processor and no Retina display, they do not guarantee that such a product will actually hit the market.
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