The Huffington Post recently reported via Reuters that Apple’s vice president, Eddy Cue, lobbied for the iPad mini as far back as November of 2010 and former CEO Steve Jobs was “receptive” to the idea at that time.
To further fuel the flames of the rumor fire, Chinese-based microblog Sina Weibo leaked images that are supposedly the backside of the iPad mini.
On Friday, Samsung presented evidence during its court case over patent infringement claims with Apple that pointed to the possibility of an iPad mini in the works in 2011. In January of last year, Cue spoke to then chief operating officer Time Cook about a seven-inch tablet in an email correspondence.
In the email, Cue wrote, “There will be a 7-inch market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time,” the executive wrote in the email. “I found email, books, Facebook, and video very compelling on a 7-inch. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable.”
This step-back in time is counter to what Jobs said to analysts during a quarterly earnings conference call in 2010. He said, “There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them.
In light of the evidence submitted by Samsung that Jobs was “receptive the last time” Cue broached the subject of a seven-inch iPad to him, new images of what is allegedly the backside of an iPad mini have leaked out.
MacRumors reported via Apple.pro (Google Translated) that the microblogging site Sina Weibo produced pictures of what is claimed to be the rear shell of the iPad mini. As you can see from the images, the case does not have a hole for a rear camera, which is decidedly different than other images that have leaked recently. The casing is also missing the beveled siding that is so familiar to the iPad’s design.
The original poster does not have any sort of track record for confirmed leaks and MacRumors is stating that the images are “clearly suspect until additional supporting evidence is discovered.” However, whether the images are real or not (and they are probably not) we can be sure that more leaks are headed our direction over the next couple of months as we gear up for the supposed product announcement event in September.