'iPad mini' cases made by Cygnett allegedly for sale in Australia

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
An Australian tech blog on Wednesday reportedly purchased two separate "iPad mini" cases made by accessories manufacturer Cygnett after allegedly finding the products at an undisclosed retail outlet.

In a video posted to YouTube, Product Feedback shows off two Cygnett-branded cases made for an "iPad mini," which were supposedly purchased from a "local retailer" in Australia.

While the alleged tablet covers may be legitimate, it is well known that case makers are prone to bet on "leaked specs" from upstream supply chain sources to get a jump on rivals, sometimes resulting in financial loss if the data is incorrect. As an example, manufacturer Hard Candy gambled on a supposedly leaked teardrop-shaped design for what would become the iPhone 4S, losing $50,000 on custom-made steel moldings.

The Cygnett cases look to be final products, complete with printed packaging and instructions for use. Measurements of the purported iPad mini covers, dubbed "Flexi-folding folio case" and "Extra protective fitted case," are in line with previous reports that point to a smaller form factor than Apple's current iPad offerings.

According to the site, the fitted case measures 20 centimeters long, 13 centimeters wide and 1 centimeter deep. The case is 23 centimeters, or 9 inches, diagonal, further hinting that Apple will use a rumored 7.85-inch screen.




The supposed leak comes on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report earlier on Wednesday which claimed Asian suppliers had started production of the smaller iPad, as well as alleged parts leaks from Tuesday.

Apple is expected to unveil the small form factor tablet sometime in October, and is widely believed to be implementing a 7.85-inch non-Retina screen made by both AU Optronics and LG Display.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    I think we have gotten to the point where we should've realized that case makers DO NOT get prototypes. And they do not get leaked.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,130member


    Originally Posted by logandigges View Post

    I think we have gotten to the point where we should've realized that case makers DO NOT get prototypes. And they do not get leaked.


     


    They don't get prototypes, but they do get measurements.

  • Reply 3 of 10
    bsenkabsenka Posts: 799member
    WORKING prototypes they don't get, but they do get non-functional dummy units to text the fit and function of the cases.
  • Reply 4 of 10
    Stop trying to convince yourself that this isn't the real thing. This is going to happen.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member
    October 22 will be the announcement. (Insert criticism here.)
  • Reply 6 of 10


    Naw, The dimensions are wrong. That looks like a google/Asus Nexus 7 case that somebody stuck a mini sticker on it.

  • Reply 7 of 10
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,167member
    They don't get prototypes, but they do get measurements.

    You mean like the measurements they got for the teardrop phone
  • Reply 8 of 10
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,995member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by maccherry View Post



    Stop trying to convince yourself that this isn't the real thing. This is going to happen.


     


    Just like the iPhone 5 thing. Even when Apple came out and OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED THE NAME many people were still like 'oh, maybe it's just for marketing and the official name will still be called iPhone 6/new iPhone. Insane. 

  • Reply 9 of 10


    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

    You mean like the measurements they got for the teardrop phone


     


    More like the measurements they got for the MacBook Air, 5th-gen iPod touch, and this year's iPhone. 


     


    I never saw any 'teardrop' cases. I don't believe there were any. There were cases for a thinner, tapered (at the sides, like an iPad) phone, but not the teardrop idea.






    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

    …many people were still like 'oh, maybe it's just for marketing and the official name will still be called iPhone 6/new iPhone. Insane. 



     


    'Many', huh? Who said that? I don't recall anyone.

  • Reply 10 of 10


    There are now an available iPad mini case that sell in some store at reasonable price this Christmas season. And most of them have Christmas theme designs.

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