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Purported Physical Model of 'iPad Mini' Surfaces

Just after posting photos of a purported metal engineering sample of the next-generation iPhone's massing, Gotta Be Mobile has now posted photos of a similar physical model of the "iPad mini".


The model appears to be a case maker's mold that shows the basic shape of the device, so it is unknown whether it accurately reflects the device's form factor. While case designs have proven accurate a number of times in the past, a significant number of case makers were fooled into designing for a tapered iPhone design last year that did not come to fruition.


According to the report, a pixel count on the photos suggests that the iPad mini will measure approximately 213 mm by 143 mm and be slightly thinner than the full-size iPad.
What we’ve found, using a pixel count, is that the iPad Mini should be around 213.36mm tall and about 143.67mm wide. This is approximately two-thirds of the size of the new third-generation iPad. The new iPad is 185.67mm wide, 241.3mm tall, and 9.39mm thick.

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has a width of 120mm which means that the iPad Mini, if our calculations are close, might be around 23.67mm wider than the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 tablet measures in at 198.5mm high which means that the iPad Mini may be a little taller than Google’s 7-inch tablet.


The mockup also includes a smaller dock connector as has been rumored by a number of sources, as well as two speaker grilles along the bottom edge of the device.

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30 months ago
This reminds me of all of the iPhone 5 cases we saw before the iPhone 4S was released.
Rating: 15 Votes
30 months ago

New connector scares me.


why?
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago
The new connector is a magsafe you fools.
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago
Home button leak and camera lens next!
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago

That new connector looks ugly. Very un-Apple. I call BS on this.


Totally. They should add little unicorn sparkle inlays to each side instead of screws.
Rating: 6 Votes
30 months ago
New connector scares me.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

New connector scares me.


why?


Some people are averse to change.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
I wonder what the cost of the adapter will be for the old dock connector to the new one.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
one word: sexy

I should cancel my nexus 7 order with all these rumors!!!!
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

But they won't. I just hope that the new connector it is a mag-safe variant.


I dunno actually.

If the assumption is the magsafe is designed to prevent somebody tripping on the cord pulling the macbook over. What happens with the iphone, something that is much much lighter. Ultimately, the magnetics need to much easier to disengage.

Never mind that the physical connection that is currently used can save the phone. Ever bumped hte phone while it is plugged in? and have it drop, but dangle by the cord rather htan smashing to the floor?
Rating: 3 Votes

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