Images of Apple’s iPad mini have supposedly been distributed online, despite the fact it hasn’t even been officially announced as yet.
It follows after the launch of the new iPhone 5 was proceeded by leaks weeks before it was announced, suggesting that Apple is no longer so interested in keeping upcoming product launches a secret.
The latest images of the iPad mini come from a Chinese site, that puts the dimensions of the new slate at around 7.8″ x 4″ (20cm x 13cm approx).
The general appearance remains very much in line with the current iPad style, with the caveat of having a “lightning” 9-pin connector, in line with the already announced changes to the iPhone 5 and iPod 5th generation.
While the iPad mini has already been suggested as a competitor for the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus, we think it’s not going to carry a budget tag at all.
With the new iPod 32GB priced at £249, and iPad 3 32GB priced at £479, this creates the expectation that any new iPad mini will probably carry price tags in the region of £370 for a 32GB model, and £299 for a 16GB model, if available.
This would not compare favorably with the current cut-throat pricing of the Fire and NExus.
However, with the launch of the new colour schemes for the new iPhone and iPod releases, it would not be surprising if the October refresh for the iPad also brought these in - with the same applied to the iPad mini.
And because the new iPod has a 5MP iSight camera, the expectation would be that the iPad mini will also be carrying a similar iSight camera.
This would make the iPad mini very much more feature packed than either the Amazon or Google tablets, perhaps justifying the higher end price.
The curiosity remains on how Apple are actually going to market any new iPad mini. After all, is it small iPad or a large iPod?
Either way, we should be able to find out more in the first week of October, when Apple are expected to announce a refreshed line for iPad, the iPad mini - and a release date for the new iPod.