Some new photos have been published which appear to show the rear shell of the highly rumored iPad mini, a device which Apple is expected to release in the coming months. The photos (on Weibo spotted by Apple.pro), show a rear panel that is highly distinct from the rear panel of the current generation of iPad models, with what appears to be much less tapering on the edges of the panel. In addition, these latest pictures seem to indicate that the new iPad mini doesn’t have a camera.
Despite the fact that the photos have caused a bit of discussion, they are most likely to be fake. Smaller sized Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch both have powerful cameras, and given the presence of a camera in the iPad 2 and third generation iPad, it’s unlikely that Apple would release a new device without one. In addition to this, the quality of the photos is poor but seems to show a much boxier, squarer shell which would certainly be a step backwards in design.
As such, take a look at the picture of the rear panel, maybe utter an ‘ooh’ or an ‘aah’ but don’t believe it for a second.