A new set of images that appear to show the rear shell for the rumored second-generation iPad mini have been posted by Sonny Dickson. Although no additional information was posted alongside the pictures, it unsurprisingly appears that the new iPad mini will have a form factor almost identical to the present model, confirming previous rumors that the upgrade will be mainly incremental in nature with the potential exception of a new Retina display.

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The shell displays no information apart from the embedded Apple logo, which differs from the current model where the logo is printed directly onto the exterior of the case. The images are very similar to ones that leaked in early August, but it appears that the logo shown here may actually be silver instead what was thought to be black on the original photo set. Given the mirrored finish of the Apple logo on the iPad mini, it may appear silver or black from various viewing angles.

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The new photos also unsurprisingly indicate that the second-generation iPad mini will be available in both Wi-Fi and cellular models, as this particular part includes the plastic strip at the top where the cellular antenna is housed.

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The second-generation iPad mini is expected to feature a Retina display and launch during the fourth quarter of this year. Apple is also expected to release an updated full-size iPad around the same time, with the new iPad taking design cues from the iPad mini by including narrower side bezels and a thinner, more rounded shell.

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Top Rated Comments

markintosh Avatar
100 months ago
why is that looking like plastic:(, i'm worried. i hope it offers the retina display this time.

Um, the plastic look probably has something to do with the plastic wrap the shell is in...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smulji Avatar
100 months ago
Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

Tell that to the 2nd generation Nexus 7.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robertpetry Avatar
100 months ago
Tell that to the 2nd generation Nexus 7.
Apples and oranges (no pun intended).

Apple needs to make 15-20 times as many Mini's as Google does the Nexus 7. As a matter of fact, Apple will need more launch week Mini's than Google will EVER make of the Nexus 7 (or at least for the first 4-6 months of the Nexus lifecycle).

You do not understand the issues surrounding the quantity Apple needs. There is no comparison.

It will be retina - and a higher density than the Nexus, but give them a break for not doing it sooner.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Battlefield Fan Avatar
100 months ago
Have you thought that Retina isn't feasible right now?

"According to BrightWire, AU Optronics is manufacturing a 7.9in screen with a resolution of 2,048x1,536."

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/tablet-pcs/1297756/ipad-mini-2-specs-price-features-news-rumours (http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/tablet-pcs/1297756/ipad-mini-2-specs-price-features-news-rumours)

What was that?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lewdvig Avatar
100 months ago
I like the idea of having a faster SOC and retina screen, but I love the current mini's crazy battery life and super fast charging. I think you would lose some of the battery life and unless it comes witha 20 watt charger probably the fast charging too.

For $275 (the price for a new 16 GB here in Canada at Futureshop ($300-$25 if you checkout with Paypal, free shipping) I think the 1st gen is pretty good. I was going to buy the new N7 but for $50 more I think Apple's value proposition is better.

IMO the app store and compatibility with iTunes content I have makes the mini a better deal even for more money and lower specs.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BigBeast Avatar
100 months ago
Retina or die.

See you at the funeral.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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