More photos of an iPad "mini" have appeared on another Chinese site, and the iPhone 5 pattern of leaks seems to be repeating. If so, the new smaller iPad, to be announced in October, will have a 7.8-inch screen, close to that of the Kindle Fire, and the new Lightning connector.
The photo below might be a fully-functional iPad Mini.
It's hard to get a perspective of the size, but it seems to match up with past leaks. The necessary parts are there, such as the cameras and the new Lightning connector, which made its official debut during last week's iPhone 5 media event.
The tablet is likely Apple's answer to smaller, lower-priced 7-inch tablets, which shot into popularity with Amazon's tablet, the Kindle Fire. Perhaps the success of the Fire led Apple to see that there is a market for smaller tablets, and the company feels the need to secure a spot before its competitors grab it.
Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz makes an interesting point in his report. The iPhone 5 was the most-leaked product in Apple's history. It might mean one of three things:
The leaks are intentional by Apple, and are meant to control expectations, or
Foxconn employees are getting better at sneaking things out of the plant, or
the company has become so huge that there is no way to prevent leaks.
Perhaps it's a little bit of everything. We are speculating here, but doesn't it make sense that iPad photos are making their way to the Internet right before the launch of the Kindle Fire?
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