Rumor: Apple plans to shrink the iPad Air 2 to 7.9-inches

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The next-generation iPad mini will be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, according to the Japanese blog Macotakara. If true, the iPad mini will see a bump from a 5MP iSight camera to an 8MP camera, and it will be powered by Apple's faster A8 processor. The fourth-generation iPad mini will also retain its 7.9-inch display, while adopting the thinner (6.1mm thick) body of the iPad Air 2, according to the report.

This isn't the first we're hearing about a thinner iPad mini refresh. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in mid-July that he thinks Apple will release a thinner and lighter iPad mini to help boost iPad sales.

Overall iPad sales have been on a drastic decline since last year, but CEO Tim Cook thinks the tablet still has life telling investors last week, "it's not like people have forgotten the iPad or anything."

Some analysts have even suggested that Apple may not release an iPad Air 3, instead opting to release their rumor 12-inch iPad Pro for the education and business markets, and the iPad Air 2-like iPad mini 4 for the consumer market.

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