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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Top Rated Comments

applesith Avatar
154 months ago
Do we really need a camera on the back?

Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pechente Avatar
154 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
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GoreVidal Avatar
154 months ago
They've gotta give buyers a reason to upgrade to the next iPad mini somehow...
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacReloaded Avatar
154 months ago
I have doubts. Apple carves out the logo on the back and uses that opening for the Wi-Fi radios.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gooberwilson Avatar
154 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...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
UnSainted Avatar
154 months ago
camera

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..
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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