By Anu Passary | Sep 20, 2012 10:44 AM EDT
Apple is expected to take the wraps off its iPad Mini during a rumored press event in October. With the alleged release around the corner, the rumors and leaks are flying thick and fast.
Last week, French site Nowhereelse.fr published pictures of a white iPad Mini, which gave glimpses into the tablet's design and features. According to a TechnoBuffalo report, the site seemed to have "created its own aluminum molds and even built-in specific features, including the volume buttons on the top right-hand side, a rear-facing camera, a power button and even the signature Apple logo." The purported images were believed to be clever mockups of the tablet and not the real deal.
"Although the question still exists as to the possibility that such a device is actually in preparation, the clues accumulate slowly but surely few months tend to make credible rumor. New "proof" of the imminent launch of a smaller version of the iPad, here is a new series of photos of a supposed new physical model of the famous tablet," stated Nowhereelse.fr (translated).
The leaked images show a black version of the iPad Mini from different angles. The photos suggest that Apple's new 8-pin Lightning interface will replace the 30-pin dock connector used in current iPads. One can also espy a dual-speaker grill on the bottom of the device. The photographs also reveal that the iPad Mini will sport a rear-facing camera. It will have volume controls on the right side and the power button will be placed on top.
However, the authenticity of the images remains questionable. Experts say that the display looks fake and does not tie in with Apple's high standards, increasing the probability of the images being a mockup of the device.
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