The pictures come courtesy of a Ukranian blog (appropriately titled UkranianiPhone), and seem to show the final rear panel component of a smaller iPad device - dubbed the iPad mini. Previously we’ve only seen mock-ups.
While the form factor revealed by these components is nothing new, they do reveal that Apple is using the same black anodised aluminium finish as can be found on the iPhone 5. You know, the one that’s been chipping off all over the place.
The leaked rear panel component also appears to confirm that the iPad mini will indeed have a rear-facing camera - something its chief rivals the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 do not have.
Unlike the iPhone 5, the headphone socket for the iPad mini will be on the top of the device.
We reported yesterday that invites for an iPad mini launch event were rumoured to be going out on October 10, with an October 17 launch event in view. This would likely lead to a November 2 release date, if Apple were to stick to its launch habits.
It’s widely believed that the iPad mini will feature a 7.85-inch display and an ultra-thin body in order to compete with two tablets that have finally managed to take the fight to the full-size iPad. The aforementioned 7-inch Nexus 7 and the original Kindle Fire have proved to be big successes.
A large part of that success has been down to price, with both rival tablets retailing for less that £200. It’s perhaps unsurprising to hear reports that the iPad mini will possibly retail for a similar price. We could be in for one heck of a scrap this Christmas.