iPad mini 4 leak hints at major changes ahead

Change is afoot

There's no way to confirm it, but these images appear to show the chassis for the next iPad mini, the iPad mini 4.

Snapped by @onleaks and shared by Nowhereelse.fr, the photos show a metal frame with an Apple-shaped cut-out and several clues to what's in store next for the iPad mini.

Here's one hint: just like the iPad Air 2, the next iPad mini apparently won't have a mute/orientation switch, previously located above the volume buttons and replaced by a small microphone hole.

That change could indicate that this is a true iPad mini refresh, not a minor one like the iPad mini 3 with TouchID. Apple loves to add small touches and bump the price up, but this chassis might be for a true next-gen iPad mini.

Unfortunately simply staring at the tablet's metal shell doesn't tell us much else for sure. The large cut-out is apparently for an LTE modem, and the holes for speakers and the lightning port are where you'd expect them.

Apple has no major events coming up - that we know of at least - but if there's one thing the company has proved, it's that it's hard to predict. You never know where the new iPad mini might pop up next.

Via Apple Insider