Hitherto unseen images depicting what appears to be a fully functional iPad Mini have leaked online, adding weight to speculation that Apple’s next tablet challenger is about to become reality.
Sourced by Chinese site BoloPad and brought to the attention of the West's tech press by Apple Insider, the snaps seemingly show the Google Nexus 7 challenger up and running, suggesting that the device must now be a fairly advanced stage of production.
Interestingly, the photos, which look pretty convincing to us, indicate the presence of a rear-facing camera. That’s in contrast to a smattering of leaks indicating that Apple could dispense with a snapper to keep the cost of the iPad Mini down.
Very much in evidence, though, is the same smaller dock connector that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5 and which ditches the company’s long-established 30-pin port in favour of a 9-pin fixture.
Apparently owing its existence to the march to prominence of budget-priced, smaller Android slates, the iPad Mini is also purportedly home to a 7.85-inch screen and an A5 processor. Apple is expected to sell its contender for between $249-$299.
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