Images purportedly showing the backplate for the much-rumoured more compact iPad have leaked online, ahead of its mooted official launch on Monday.
Sourced by ZooGue, which was tipped the nod by an anonymous source, the snaps show what to us looks like a smaller dock connector than previously used on iKit.
This tallies with leaked photos and a video of the rear of the iPhone 5 that have been doing the rounds, which suggest the forthcoming Apple smartie will also ditch the existing dock connector for a smaller one.
Other than that it’s hard to tell too much about the slate informally dubbed the iPad Mini from the photos.
However, according to the site’s man on the inside, the slate will feature a 7.58 inch screen – that’s a good 0.3 inches or so smaller than we’d been led to believe.
More interesting still is that apparently the micro-sized tablet is due to be unveiled at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday – an event that had been thought to be a business-as-usual software-only event.
Rumours about the iPad Mini have been rife for aeons, but have always been refuted by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs who caustically dubbed them ‘tweeners’ and claimed that they are "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad".
Jobs also slammed smaller slates on the grounds that the screen real estate they offer is not “sufficient to create great tablet apps” and that they are unduly fiddly to use.