Originally Posted by SolipsismX
I can see how that might work for the word iPad but the Apple logo is a plastic inlay from a complete cut out from the casing. The WiFi and BT antennas are behind it.
I guess you are confusing the full-sized iPads, which indeed feature the plastic inlay you referred to, with the iPad mini, which features a polished logo instead (much like its smaller siblings, the 5th-gen. iPod Touch and iPhone 5). Take this image, for instance:
Then, there's also this photo from a 1st-Gen. white-and-silver iPad mini teardown by iFixit, in case you're still doubting that:
The way the shiny Apple logo on the iPad mini sometimes appears as if it was made of black plastic is just a function of its reflectiveness. I know the black model can easily fool you (Apple products have, after all, very tight gap tolerances, and a black-on-black plastic inlay wouldn't look all that much different from the actual polished logo), but I'm guessing you either don't own a silver one, or never held one for more than a few seconds. ;)
Edited by Mainyehc - 2/21/13 at 8:15pm