Ever since Apple introduced the original iPad back in 2010, there have been rumors regarding a smaller version dubbed as the iPad mini. Recently Google released it’s Nexus 7 tablet, that gave a new life to the reports about Apple releasing a similar device with 7-inch screen later this year. Now we have received a few drawings from one of our sources in China that wishes to stay anonymous, that reveal to us the design of Apple’s upcoming mini tablet. The design as you can see in the image above is similar to the current iPad, but is significantly smaller. Our source from China has confirmed to us that the device exists, the data provided is legitimate, and iPad mini will be released later this year, as already reported by WSJ and Bloomberg.
From the images we can easily note that the device is quite thin. Our source says that the iPad Mini will be only 7.3mm thick. For the sake of comparison, the fourth generation iPod touch is 7.2mm thick and the current iPad is 9.4mm thick.
According to our source iPad Mini will have a 7-inch screen, and will be 5.3-inch wide and 7.87-inch long. Again, for the sake of comparison, the new iPad is 9.50-inches tall, 7.31-inches wide, and has a depth of 0.37-inches.
As you can see in the first image above, the new iPad Mini will feature a 19 pin connector instead of the regular 30 pin connector found on iOS devices available in market today. Reports suggesting the next generation iPhone also having a 19 pin connector have been circulating on the web since last few months as well. The smaller dock connector is said to be more efficient than the 30 pin connector because of it’s size. Alongside the new 19 pin connector, the device will feature two grills for speakers.
Unlike Google’s Nexus 7, the new iPad Mini will feature a rear camera as well as a front camera for Facetime. It is unknown at this point of time whether the device will have a 5-megapixel camera like the new iPad or will carry a VGA camera just like the iPod touch 4th generation and iPad 2.
Case maker FullHull has exclusively provided us with pictures cases especially designed for rumored iPad Mini device.