By Stephen Schenck | June 7, 2012 3:19 PM
A long-term recurring rumor has been suggesting that, in addition to introducing the iPhone 5 this fall, Apple will also be releasing a new, smaller version of the iPad. It’s been referred to as both the iPad Mini and iPad Nano, and we’ve heard that it will have a 7.85-inch display. Despite all the chances we’ve had in recent weeks to look at what are supposedly iPhone 5 components, we’ve yet to see much in the way of similar evidence supporting the existence of the iPad Mini. That could be about to change right now, upon the release of pictures showing of what may be the iPad Mini’s rear panel.
If we’re to believe these images, Apple is going for the same new speaker grille design as on the iPhone 5 components we’ve seen, as well as that same, smaller, dock connector.
Instead of a 7.85-inch display, the source behind these images claims that the tablet will instead feature a 7.58-inch component. It’s hard to ignore how that’s a transposition of the earlier figure, so we’re not sure whether to write it off as an error, or if the new measurement could be accurate.
Of course, there’s the elephant-in-the-room of how the Apple logo and iPad name are now in a lovely shade of blue. Is this clear evidence of a fake, or could there be some legitimate explanation that’s just escaping us for the moment? A protective peel-off coating to protect the finish?