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New Leaked Images Show Housing for iPad Mini

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New images showing an aluminum back casing for the rumored iPad Mini hit the Web last Wednesday. The photos came from Chinese website digi.163, which add up to the piling purported leaks regarding Apple’s upcoming iDevice lineup this fall.

However, it was discovered through closer inspection that there were some discrepancies related to the small tablet’s design. The most obvious is the placement of headphone jack, which was initially thought to be located at the bottom of the device. Together with it is the dock connector and repositioned speakers.

More Rumored Component for iPad Mini

Prior to this, a picture of a large flex cable surfaced last month, saying that it is bound for the so-called iPad Mini. It shows a 3.5 mm jack that is adjacent to the new 9-pin connector.

There were also recent images of an iPad Mini case, which corroborates the top-mounted headphone jack design. Those photos also showed an opening for the rear-facing camera and another small hole, which purpose is unknown at the moment.

Meanwhile, images from digi.163 show some cut-outs from the device’s volume and power button, rear-facing camera, speaker assembly, and smaller dock connector. However, there are possible reasons as to why the pictures don’t line up with the previous flex cable images. This could be due to redesign or the illegitimacy of one of the purported leaked parts.

Fall Release Date for iPad Mini

In relation to this, it is expected that Apple will release the rumored iPad Mini this October. There were also speculations that the tablet will be as thin as the iPod Touch, while retaining some design assets of the media player.

Based on the report by All Things D’s John Paczkowski, Apple will hold a separate event next month. It is said that it will introduce the new and smaller iPad after the company launched its next-generation iPhone next week.

Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on. The device, which is expected to have a display less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October.

The reports confirmed related comments from The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. Both indicated last month that they expect Apple to hold two “blockbuster events” for the next-generation iPhone and iPad Mini. Gruber even theorized that the company won’t take the wraps off its marquee device alongside a second product, which could dilute the attention that it will demand.

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