The iPad Mini will be sans camera, leaked images suggest, as Apple bids to keep the asking price down to take the fight to the new wave of compact, Android-powered budget tablets.
Snaps purportedly showing the back of the device, which were sourced by Chinese site ApplePro.com, show no housing for a rear-facing camera, a feature that has been present in the standard-sized iPad since the second generation of the device.
Assuming the snaps are legit, and the fact that they’re suffused with an aura of murk and gloom that makes it pretty hard to tell, the move would be in line with the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire, both of which dispense with rear-facing cameras.
Reportedly set to land alongside the iPhone 5 in September or October and sell for between £249 and £299, the iPad Mini is expected to swap the 9.7-inch retina display of the current-gen Apple slate for a lower resolution screen of around eight inches.
Rumours suggest it will also dispense with 3G support and will be thinner than the Google Nexus 7, while retaining the same dual-core processor as the new iPad to keep things ticking over.