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iPad mini 2 could get a speed bump, but still lack a Retina screen

iPad mini 2 Retina rumors
One step forward, two steps in place

All the money right now is on Apple releasing an iPad mini 2 with a faster processor and a Retina display this October, but new code pokes pixel-sized holes in this speculation.

Developers have reportedly uncovered a hidden iOS 7 SDK file that references code names thought to be for the new 7.9-inch tablet, according to 9to5Mac.

The problem is that this code lacks the necessary "@2x" mode hooks used by developers to indicate Apple's "better than HD" display, as is the case for the iPhone 5 and iPad 4.

Instead, the iOS 7 beta file is said to contain references to non-Retina images "@1x" for this particular model of the iPad mini 2.

More than one iPad mini 2?

An iPad mini 2 with a Retina display isn't ruled out by the report.

The three models referenced by the iOS 7 beta file go by the code names J75, J76, and J77, hinting at one Wi-Fi-only model and two cellular-based variants.

There has also been speculation that a separate J85 exists as the code name of the iPad mini 2 with a Retina display.

The more unlikely scenario is that Apple is merely testing out non-Retina iPad mini 2 tablets internally and happened to leave the code inside the iOS 7 beta.

Other iPad mini 2 features

The good news is that the new iPad mini trio will have an Apple A6 processor, according to the same hidden file that references a "s5l8950x" System-on-a-Chip.

That's an upgrade over the A5 processor found in the current iPad mini and matches the one found in its bigger brother, the iPad 4.

The iPad 5 is said to debut the A7 processor, but these specs aren't likely to be confirmed until Apple officially unveils its new tablets. Any bets on when that will happen?

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.