Gotta Be Mobile just dropped a rumor bomb. The mobile media website just released purported photos of an iPad mini engineering sample. While the images aren’t the least bit verifiable, it adds a bit of excitement to what is sure to be a few more months of photo leaks, parts discoveries, speculation and complete fake-outs. Let the games begin.
Various sites reported on GBM’s photo leak and clarified that the validity of the website’s claims are far from provable and should definitely be taken with a grain of salt. After all, the supposed engineering sample looks more like a case maker’s prototype for what someone might believe to be Apple’s future design. In any case, it is fun to speculate.
Based on the pictures, the iPad mini – if it even exists – will be a little bit thinner than the current generation iPad and about one-third the size. GBM measured the mock up in the image using a Photoshop measuring tool and found it to be “around 213.36mm tall and about 143.67mm wide.” Which is just a tick wider than Google’s soon-to-be-released Nexus 7.
The images also show a smaller 19-pin dock connector. There have been rumors in the past about this supposed smaller dock connector, but I’m not buying it. There is no reason Apple would just up and change the dock connector size. The iPhone and iPad have always used the proprietary 30-pin connector. It is just not Apple’s M.O. to up and change the connector size.
The pictures also show that the iPad mini has two speakers instead of one. All previous versions of the iPad only have one speaker. They are also closer to the center-edge, near the dock connector, instead of off to the side. This may be to help to keep from covering the speakers while holding the device in landscape mode. That makes sense. It would be nice if the 10-inch iPad had the same thing.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these images are not representative of what will come this fall. However, it sure is fun to see the possibilities of the iPad mini, especially sitting side-by-side with a current generation iPad. It makes me all giddy with anticipation.