The rumoured iPad Mini is set for launch in early November, following an expected announcement at an Apple event next week.
Now fresh images that supposedly show the finished product have been leaked, adding yet more fuel to the rumour flames.
The images show the supposed model on top of an iPad, confirming the iPad Mini’s smaller proportions and adding weight to the idea that a speculated screen size of 7.85 inches is on the mark.
The picture also reveals that the device features the new Lightning connector, which first came into play on the recently released iPhone 5.
Apple is already said to have ordered 10 million units of the iPad Mini for production in the fourth quarter of the year. So what do we know so far?
Apple iPad Mini: What’s new?
Tech website 9to5mac recently highlighted that accessories maker ZAGG had temporarily made a screen shield available for the Apple iPad Mini, with the blurb reportedly reading as follows:
“The iPad Mini is another amazing Apple product, and ZAGG is here to help you protect that product.”
According to reports, components maker Pegatron is now reportedly taking on 50% to 60% of iPad mini production, although Foxconn has previously made Apple’s iPad supplies.
That’s according to executives at South Korean firm LG Display and AU Optronics of Taiwan, which have said that Pegatron began mass production of smaller LCD screens for the iPad Mini last month.
Apple iPad Mini: Another instant success?
Apple currently has a 61% share of the tablet market, and the iPad Mini could help it go on to even greater success.
According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, the iPad Mini will trump the iPad both in terms of its design and how it handles in users’ hands.
“Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much anticipated iPad Mini,”
“In fact, we believe the iPad Mini could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.”
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