The Cupertino based company is expected to announce its iPad Mini as early as next week, so the closer events gets, the more leaked information is surfacing.
The latest series of images comes from Sonny Dickson, who posted a bunch to his Twitter account explaining that the parts came from “a source” and that he took the photos himself.
The photos show the iPad Mini next to the latest version of iPad. From the pictures one can understand that the tech giant plans to use the same new dock connector it uses on the recently unveiled next generation smartphone iPhone 5.
Besides, the expected smaller version of the iPad seems to feature split buttons instead of the rocker switch volume control, CM Live reports.
Apple Inc is famous for not revealing any information on its upcoming products. That’s why it’s impossible to say whether the leaked parts are genuine or not.
On the other hand, the iPhone 5’s parts were leaked before its was announced on Sept. 12 . It turns out that a lot of the leaked parts were genuine. This means it’s possible these leaked images are in fact the real deal.
It has been already leaked that the Californian giant plans to announce the smaller version of the iPad in October. Fortune suggests that the company will hold a press event to announce the iPad Mini on October 17.
If the rumor is true, and if Apple follows its usual scheduling protocol, a launch day will be probably set on Nov. 2 – plenty of time to capture holiday sales. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPad Mini is already in full production.
Judging by the rumors, the iPad Mini will feature a 7.85-inch display, which is slightly larger than the 7-inch display on the Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7, but noticeably smaller than the 9.7-inch display on the full-sized iPad.
In order to keep costs down, the company decided on not including the high-resolution Retina display it uses on iPhone and iPads. The resolution of the upcoming device is predicted to be about the same as the iPhone 3GS. In fact, it’s likely Apple will use the same type of screen it used on the 3GS for the iPad Mini.
The name of the device is not yet revealed as well. iPad Mini is the name the tech press has tied to the device, writes The Business Insider.
After all, when the company unveiled a smaller iPod, it called the new device the iPod Mini. But there are different theories which suggest that Apple will call it the iPad Air, a play on the sleek MacBook Air name.
As for the device’s price, several sources predict that the iPad Mini could cost as low as $199, which is the same price as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, while others say that it will go on sale at a price tag of $299. But don’t expect it to cost more than that as the iPad 2 is still going for $399.