Only yesterday, purported images of an engineering sample for the next generation iPhone 5 were leaked on the web and today, exclusive photos of an iPad Mini engineering sample have been published by GottaBeMobile, who have obtained these photos from the same source inside the Apple supply chain, who provided the iPhone 5 engineering sample photos. Looking at the photos, it seems that the smaller iPad will be the thinnest Apple tablet yet and will be only about two-thirds the size of the New iPad. The bottom of the iPad Mini sample also shows a smaller 19-pin dock connector we’ve heard about in earlier rumors for next generation iPhone 5.
Detailing from the news source:
The early design sample in the below photos is a plastic mold that may be used to hone the production process and test accessories.
The engineering mockup shows two speakers on either side of the dock connector, where current iPads have only one speaker. The speaker placement could show how Apple plans to change the iPad 3rd generation for a rumored fall refresh. The current iPad speakers are almost rear-facing and easy to cover while holding. By moving the speakers to surround the smaller dock connector and flattening the edge, the iPad Mini may be louder than the current iPad.
What we’ve found, using a pixel count, is that the iPad Mini should be around 213.36mm tall and about 143.67mm wide. This is approximately two-thirds of the size of the new third-generation iPad. The new iPad is 185.67mm wide, 241.3mm tall, and 9.39mm thick.
The iPad Mini sample doesn’t include markers for the display size, but current rumors suggest that the iPad Mini display will be 7.85-inches.
The report further claims that smaller iPad’s 7.85″ Sharp IGZO display will sport a resolution of 1024×768 resolution, will have a $299 price tag and will release in October alongside the next generation iPhone.
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