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Photos of Purported 'iPad Mini' Parts Include Rear Shell and Front Panel

UkrainianiPhone shares several photos (via 9to5Mac) of what its source claims are parts from Apple's forthcoming "iPad mini". The parts include a black rear shell demonstrating cellular capabilities, as well as a white front panel/digitizer assembly. The photo set also includes a purported LCD from the iPad mini, but the part actually appears to be a Kindle Fire display.



The site highlights a number of features on the rear shell, include a headphone jack at the top left of the device as on the full-size iPad, a plastic strip along the top edge of the part as seen on cellular-capable iPad models, a nano-SIM card slot and tray along the right edge, and a Lightning connector centered along the bottom edge.


The white front panel and digitizer part shows the narrow side bezels that have been rumored for the device, as well as holes for the traditional home button and FaceTime camera.


Apple is reportedly introducing the iPad mini at a media event scheduled for sometime this month, with one recent rumor claiming that Apple will be sending out media invitations on October 10 for an event presumed to take place roughly one week later.

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29 months ago

Black back? Carbon Fiber, maybe? Or like the iPhone 5? Really hard to tell by those pictures but the back doesn't look like it's been milled out of aluminum, like the iPhone parts. Maybe it's just stamped aluminum like the full size iPads. Just my opinion.


It almost looks ... ... plastic. :eek:


Still skeptical


"Here's some actual productions parts."

"Still skeptical"


"Here's an assembled, working product."

"Still skeptical"


"They're in retail stores."

"Still skeptical"


"Here, I bought you one."

"Skepticism fading ... slightly ..."

:D
Rating: 51 Votes
29 months ago
So tired of seeing iPad mini rumors.
Rating: 17 Votes
29 months ago
Wait, so let me get this straight. A Ukrainian snuck this out of Brazil??
Rating: 16 Votes
29 months ago

i will pay $299 for the 32 gig

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dude really?? the apple logo alone on it is worth more than all other tablets..lolol


The Nexus 7 is a nice tablet. I have one. But its biggest flaw - it doesn't run iOS.
Rating: 13 Votes
29 months ago
Not going to happen I tell you!
Rating: 11 Votes
29 months ago
That slate colored iPad mini would definitely be nice.
Rating: 11 Votes
29 months ago

Either they're anodizing the aluminum like the iPhone 5, or they've moved to a plastic back to keep costs down.


No reason for the cutouts on the back if the back were plastic.
Rating: 10 Votes
29 months ago

That slate colored iPad mini would definitely be nice.


Can you imagine the "Scuffgate 2.0" comments on here, though? ;-)
Rating: 10 Votes
29 months ago
Still skeptical
Rating: 6 Votes
29 months ago

So tired of seeing iPad mini rumors.


Then stop reading an Apple rumor site?
Rating: 5 Votes

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