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Sketchy Photos of Claimed 'iPad Mini' Rear Shell Show No Camera Hole

Apple.pro points [Google translation] to several images posted to Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo showing what is claimed to be the rear shell of the "iPad mini". We certainly can not speak definitively to the authenticity of the images, and anything posted randomly to a microblogging site is clearly suspect until additional supporting evidence is discovered, but we have elected to share these images on our blog page for interest and discussion.


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Notably, the rear shell does not contain a hole for a rear camera. Cases for the rumored device have been showing a rear camera, although those too must be taken with a grain of salt until additional parts evidence surfaces.


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The user who posted the images has no track record of previous posts on the service, and thus there is no history by which to judge the accuracy of the claimed photos, and they are presumed to be fakes. Consequently, we are simply presenting them for documentation and discussion.

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Posted: 27 months ago
Do we really need a camera on the back?

Rating: 30 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago
They've gotta give buyers a reason to upgrade to the next iPad mini somehow...
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

Why would buy an Ipad mini when the chances are you can get the Ipad 1second hand for less? More so if it does have no camera or retina? :eek:


Portability
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago
Do the other $299 range tablets ...Kindle etc.. have cameras? I can see them doing this to keep costs down but it sort of seems cheap-ish to not include a camera..
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

Why would buy an Ipad mini when the chances are you can get the Ipad 1second hand for less? More so if it does have no camera or retina? :eek:


Can't update to iOS 6...
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago
I have doubts. Apple carves out the logo on the back and uses that opening for the Wi-Fi radios.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago
What's a Justin Biebler?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

When did we start speaking 'to' stuff, instead of speaking 'of' or 'about' it?


Whenever you pull out your iPhone 4S or current iPad and hold down the home button long enough. Actually, even the iPhone 4 does voice calls. Try it :D
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

This could be any square piece of metal with a sharpied Apple logo on. They look really fake. I'd be shocked if Apple launched a tablet without a camera on at this stage of the game.


The insides of the shell seem fairly accurate though. It has room for what looks like would be the new dock connector.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago
yeah cuz an iPod Touch would have an camera but not the iPad Mini. riiiiiiight. dont see that happening. especially with apple trying to push Facetime forward
Rating: 3 Votes

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