This is supposedly the iPad Mini

Images of what appears to be Apple's smaller iPad, the iPad Mini, have leaked on the Internet today, courtesy of a French website.

The website, NowhereElse, claims the pictures originated from DGtle, a Chinese website, although news updates from the past 10 days on the latter website don't feature the images. It's currently not known if DGtle posted the pictures before taking them down.

According to NowhereElse, the pictures show a physical mockup of the iPad Mini that was created to allow third-party manufacturers the ability to "design their products in anticipation of the release of the device." The basic design of the mockup appears similar to recently leaked pictures purported to be of the iPad Mini's case. The mockup shows a device with a white front and an aluminium-looking back. Additionally, it appears the device will feature both front- and rear-facing cameras.

In a separate leak yesterday, MacRumors posted images from one of its readers comparing the cases of the most recent iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone 5. These cases are claimed to have been made by third-party case manufacturers in advance of the announcements for the iPad Mini and iPhone 5.

Apple is holding a press event tomorrow that the company has teased as the announcement of the iPhone 5. Recent rumors have indicated the iPad Mini will not be announced at tomorrow's event.

Via: CNET
Source: NowhereElse, MacRumors | Images via NowhereElse, MacRumors

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'This is supposedly the device that mindless Lemmings will go out and pay too much for so they can be 'cool'.

Better.

I don't think the specs can match those of the Nexus 7 and the price will probably higher, so I know what tablet I'm not getting.

the420kid said,
i smell Samsung lawsuit....i mean they were the first to market with a 7" touchscreen device...

Yeah, because Apple sued Samsung over screen sizes. You might want to get a new bag of tricks.

omgben said,

Yeah, because Apple sued Samsung over screen sizes. You might want to get a new bag of tricks.

Not to mention Apple who have no problem getting support from the numerous other companies that also have that screen size... and came before Samsung.

ShMaunder said,
Still haven't worked out what I could use a tablet for. With everyone buying one, I must be an idiot.
Tablets fit into nitch markets more than anything else we've seen recently. The smaller ones, like 7 inch, are really useful as an ebook reader on the go. Larger ones are pretty useful in hospitals and dentists. I got my mother one with a waterproof case and she uses it to look up recipes for cooking/baking.

ILikeTobacco said,
...

I can see them having a use in hospitals, dentists and TV presenting etc.

Looking up recipes is a good use case, but I would personally stick with my phone and look it up on there. As an ebook reader, I have a Kindle that lasts for days on a single charge and has a nice easy-on-eyes display.

I like to see more of the HP TC1100 like devices rather than these limiting iPads and alike devices.

ShMaunder said,

I can see them having a use in hospitals, dentists and TV presenting etc.

Looking up recipes is a good use case, but I would personally stick with my phone and look it up on there. As an ebook reader, I have a Kindle that lasts for days on a single charge and has a nice easy-on-eyes display.

I like to see more of the HP TC1100 like devices rather than these limiting iPads and alike devices.

The reason I went with a larger device for my mother is because she has bad eye sight. Being able to read the recipe from a few feet away is more of a convenience issue, but then again most home technology advancements are.

I think for reading traditional books, that is just pure text and maybe simple black and white images, the Kindle fills that market nicely. However, as time goes on, we are seeing more graphic intensive media, especially in schools, so having a fully capable tablet with powerpoint, animation, word, etc, will become more useful.

You managed to fill your needs with a limited tablet like a Kindle, which works out for you, however the tablet market in general has taken the approach of "throw it at the wall and see what sticks." Eventually something new will be put out that you find useful, and possibly nobody else does, at which point you upgrade. I think what many consumers fail to realize, mainly out of being selfish at heart as a consumer, is that not every feature on every product or even every product is meant for them, which is why we see complaints from people saying "stop wasting time and fill my need because what you are doing is pointless."

I'm in complete disbelief that there is such thing an an "iPad Mini" ... who the hell would buy this? If you need a big screen, get an iPad, if you don't, get an iPhone. What is a mini good for??? It's not smartphone-portable and it has a smaller screen than the iPad. I just don't get it. Why?

no-sweat said,
I'm in complete disbelief that there is such thing an an "iPad Mini" ... who the hell would buy this? If you need a big screen, get an iPad, if you don't, get an iPhone. What is a mini good for??? It's not smartphone-portable and it has a smaller screen than the iPad. I just don't get it. Why?

Perhaps the iPad is too big for some people, while the iPhone is too small? I certainly find my phone screen to be too small to achieve a lot of tasks. I'd probably be happy with a tablet the size of the iPad, but some people might not be. Choice (regarding product size) is always good, right, especially as the smaller model will be cheaper? I can actually see an iPad Mini being more successful than the current iPad, especially among younger people and people who don't have as much money.

Edited by Calum, Sep 11 2012, 3:34pm :

Calum said,

Perhaps the iPad is too big for some people, while the iPhone is too small? I certainly find my phone screen to be too small to achieve a lot of tasks. I'd probably be happy with a tablet the size of the iPad, but some people might not be. Choice is always good, right, especially as the smaller model will be cheaper? I can actually see an iPad Mini being more successful than the current iPad, especially among younger people and people who don't have as much money.
My gf wants one... apparently the rumors dimensions fit in her purse... and I just got my credit cards paid off too....

no-sweat said,
I'm in complete disbelief that there is such thing an an "iPad Mini" ... who the hell would buy this? If you need a big screen, get an iPad, if you don't, get an iPhone. What is a mini good for??? It's not smartphone-portable and it has a smaller screen than the iPad. I just don't get it. Why?
Google, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Samsung all have 7 inch tablets. Are you saying every single one of these companies are completely out of touch with what their consumers want?

ILikeTobacco said,
Google, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Samsung all have 7 inch tablets. Are you saying every single one of these companies are completely out of touch with what their consumers want?

Great point! Apple must compete with their competitors, if they'd like to continue to grow.

no-sweat said,
I'm in complete disbelief that there is such thing an an "iPad Mini" ... who the hell would buy this? If you need a big screen, get an iPad, if you don't, get an iPhone. What is a mini good for??? It's not smartphone-portable and it has a smaller screen than the iPad. I just don't get it. Why?

All the folks gobbling up the 7" tablets...a niche of the market in size and lower price Apple has yet to fill.

Fake, it's got a the retro tv style YouTube icon. The iPad mini will run IOS6 which doesn't come with the YouTube app( produced by apple) built in anymore

cRuNcHiE said,
Fake, it's got a the retro tv style YouTube icon. The iPad mini will run IOS6 which doesn't come with the YouTube app( produced by apple) built in anymore

This image could have been taken when the device was running a development build of iOS 6 that still included YouTube. These aren't official shots from Apple, so that could be possible.

cRuNcHiE said,
Fake, it's got a the retro tv style YouTube icon. The iPad mini will run IOS6 which doesn't come with the YouTube app( produced by apple) built in anymore

show a physical mockup

PHYSICAL MOCKUP.. meaning it's not even a real working unit.. The screen is likely just a printed sticker or similar... gezzzz read...

the better twin said,
Pretty boring designs for this and the new iphone imo.
Apple - think different...with the same boring style since 2007. Sadly, this will sell like hotcakes

tsupersonic said,
Apple - think different...with the same boring style since 2007. Sadly, this will sell like hotcakes

Why sad? Because you think different than Apple users?

Northgrove said,

Why sad? Because you think different than Apple users?
Ok, sad is the wrong word. If you enjoy using the device, then good for you. This thing will sell like hotcakes. Happy?

tsupersonic said,
Apple - think different...with the same boring style since 2007. Sadly, this will sell like hotcakes

Porsche has used the same basic design since the mid '50s and I would not call the Carrera boring or outdated.......

tsupersonic said,
Apple - think different...with the same boring style since 2007. Sadly, this will sell like hotcakes

You want fireworks coming out of the screen?

the better twin said,
Pretty boring designs for this and the new iphone imo.

You might think so, but I think you'll find Apple will be sueing Amazon over the Kindle design!

the better twin said,
Pretty boring designs for this and the new iphone imo.

They should add a keyboard, a detachable mouse, 40 different color options, desktop dock, detachable iPhone, 14 different sizes of styli, a desktop mode, and backwards compatability with Apple II floppies, just for good measure.

Seriously, unless there are features that can really add something great... I'd rather stick with what works.

Fritzly said,

Porsche has used the same basic design since the mid '50s and I would not call the Carrera boring or outdated.......

Yes - but that design is legendary and iconic for Porsche. Technology progresses faster than car designs.

I guess some of you haven't seen an iPhone since 2007. While the front has been the same since, the other 3/4 of the phone has changed. But I guess those changes aren't considered new or exciting since they haven't rounded off the corners more with each iteration, or added more faux metal.

smooth3006 said,

sad because apple is stuck in the past and does not innovate.

Yeah, sad that they designed stuff years ago that wasn't "obvious," until years later...

Fritzly said,

Porsche has used the same basic design since the mid '50s and I would not call the Carrera boring or outdated.......


people use a car for 5 years,or 10 or even more,phones are used for a year or 2

THolman said,

They should add a keyboard, a detachable mouse, 40 different color options, desktop dock, detachable iPhone, 14 different sizes of styli, a desktop mode, and backwards compatability with Apple II floppies, just for good measure.

Seriously, unless there are features that can really add something great... I'd rather stick with what works.

Actaully, some of them sarcastic iterations are things I've wondered about before.

Smart phones are as powerful, and in some cases more powerful, then the netbooks we were all scrambling for just a couple a year back now. How come we don't have a docking system so we can just plug it in and have he monitor and keyboard is there at the office/home as a full desk experiance.
Instead, more so in the office, we have our phones with us, a laptop and sometimes even a desktop machine thats more under powered then our phones are.

Imagin a world where, we simply place our mobile phone in a dock (like a lot of music systems have for ipod/phones) and then instead of switching to the music playing app, it launches a full desktop. the monitor and keyboard& mouse could be connected to the back of the dock and everyone gets to use their personal phone as a personal PC where ever they go... it'd certainly make having a quad core cpu in a phone actually worth while.

sagum said,

Imagin a world where, we simply place our mobile phone in a dock (like a lot of music systems have for ipod/phones) and then instead of switching to the music playing app, it launches a full desktop. the monitor and keyboard& mouse could be connected to the back of the dock and everyone gets to use their personal phone as a personal PC where ever they go... it'd certainly make having a quad core cpu in a phone actually worth while.

I know where you're coming from, but I don't think the technology is there yet to provide a satisfying experience on all those fronts. You either end up with an underpowered desktop/tablet hybrid that gets great battery limits on the go, or a monstrous laptop thingy that sucks as a mobile. In a few years maybe someone can deliver it, but until then I'd rather stick with what we've got and not have any trade offs on any front. Stronger keyboard support, now there's something Apple could deliver today...

I would hope they've given it a two-tone design, like the new iPhone, if the new iPhone does have the reported two-tone design. Consistency is important.

Calum said,
I would hope they've given it a two-tone design, like the new iPhone, if the new iPhone does have the reported two-tone design. Consistency is important.

None of the existing iPads and iPhones have ever been consistent...

Calum said,
Consistency is important.

The two-tone design, as you call it, makes no sense whatsoever on an iPad since it doesn't have as many transceivers. Especially when it comes to the Wi-Fi-only model. The iPad is also much larger so it doesn't require the strip run over the entire width.

.Neo said,

The two-tone design, as you call it, makes no sense whatsoever on an iPad since it doesn't have as many transceivers. Especially when it comes to the Wi-Fi-only model. The iPad is also much larger so it doesn't require the strip run over the entire width.

Perhaps I'm taking my value of consistency a bit too far with this suggestion, but even though such a design isn't required on the iPad, I still feel it should be added to it, to ensure that the entire design is more in-line with that of the iPhone. After all, the front looks the same as the iPhone, it seems.

I could be wrong, as I say, but I'd just like all of my computing devices to look as similar as possible (considering the need for each device to be a different size/formfactor, of course).

Let's add random stuff for the sake of adding random stuff even if it serves no practical purpose whatsoever. Sounds great Calum.

The two-tone back of the leaked iPhone 5 doesn't look all too great to begin with so I prefer if Apple didn't add it to other devices if it isn't strictly necessary. Such a design would also be highly inconsistent in comparison to its bigger brother, the current new iPad.

.Neo said,
Let's add random stuff for the sake of adding random stuff even if it serves no practical purpose whatsoever. Sounds great Calum.

The two-tone back of the leaked iPhone 5 doesn't look all too great to begin with so I prefer if Apple didn't add it to other devices if it isn't strictly necessary. Such a design would also be highly inconsistent in comparison to its bigger brother, the current new iPad.

I agree with the others about consistency.

After all Apple loves consistency.

.Neo said,
Let's add random stuff for the sake of adding random stuff even if it serves no practical purpose whatsoever. Sounds great Calum.

It does sound great to me. The iPhone currently features a few design elements that make it look nicer than it would but aren't needed. If you're using that reasoning, you should be against Apple designing the iPhone 4S in the way they did.

The practical purpose my suggestion would serve is the purpose of Apple providing a consistent experience for the customer.

I don't think I like the look of the two-tone design, either (although I am reserving judgement until I've seen the device), but I'd still rather have consistency.

Further, I would of course like the iPad to be consistent, along with the iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch, and all of the Macs.

Calum said,
It does sound great to me. The iPhone currently features a few design elements that make it look nicer than it would but aren't needed. If you're using that reasoning, you should be against Apple designing the iPhone 4S in the way they did.

The practical purpose my suggestion would serve is the purpose of Apple providing a consistent experience for the customer.


I have nothing against the next iPad having a more squared design to match the iPhone, but it ends there. The specific modifications other models have to allow additional wireless capabilities shouldn't be added just for the sake of consistency, when they serve no practical purpose whatsoever. Using your logic the iPad Wi-Fi model should have the same plastic cutout as the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. You don't see that happening either because, once again, it isn't needed. Nor does it improve the overall esthetics. Same goes with the two-toned back, if it's indeed the final design.

Calum said,
Further, I would of course like the iPad to be consistent, along with the iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch, and all of the Macs.

The iPad already is highly consistent with the iMac and MacBook Pro: It has a similar bezel with rounded corners and aluminum back.

Edited by .Neo, Sep 11 2012, 4:17pm :