[Possible leak]: iPad mini 2 to have A7 CPU, fingerprint scanner


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Sonny Dickson, the teenager who is credited for numerous Apple leaks, has tweeted that the next-generation iPad mini will come with A7 processor featuring 64bit chipset architecture, M7 chip, Touch ID fingerprint scanner and 1GB RAM. He also tweeted that the next iPad mini model will come in black, silver and gold.

Apple launched the iPhone 5S with three new technologies - the 64bit A7 processor, Touch ID fingerprint scanner and M7 motion co-processor. While it is widely expected all three technologies (or better versions of the same) will be used in the next-generation iPad, a recent rumour is that Apple will also introduce them in iPad mini 2.

This will be a major upgrade for the iPad mini product line, considering the current model has a three year old A5 processor and 512MB RAM. iPad mini's base variant costs $349 at present, making it the cheapest Apple tablet across all screen sizes.

While shedding light on possible new features, Dickson has not hinted whether or not iPad mini 2 will have Retina display. There have been several contradictory reports regarding the Retina display technology for the next iPad mini and tech community is yet unclear on the resolution and pixel density that the model will have.

iPad mini 2 is said to have a 7.9-inch screen, the same size as that of its predecessor, and run iOS 7.

It is rumoured that iPad mini 2 will follow the same pricing structure that Apple uses for the current range. However, it is now being speculated that it may raise prices if all these new technologies are used in the upcoming model. iPhone 5C, which costs just $100 less than iPhone 5S, does not have the 64bit processor, M7 motion co-processor and fingerprint scanner.
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