Photos claim to show next-gen iPad mini case with iPad-style embedded Apple logo

in iPad edited January 2014
Coming one day after photos of a purportedly leaked next-generation iPad rear casing hit the Web, a new set of images emerged on Friday allegedly reveal the same component bound for Apple's iPad mini follow-up.

iPad mini

The new pictures from Fanatic Fone, the same website that posted Thursday's "leaked" next-gen iPad photos, supposedly show a new iPad mini shell with an embedded Apple logo, a change from the current model's printed emblem. Like the existing full-size iPad and MacBook lineup, Apple uses the molded plastic logo design as a window for radio signals.

While the site claims the part is authentic, the author points out that it lacks the "iPad" moniker and associated government regulation certifications. It is therefore unknown if the component is a production version or a prototype.

Aside from the Apple logo, the internal and external design appears to be unchanged from the first-generation model, with support structures for a rear-facing camera, dock connector, speakers and physical power and volume buttons.

iPad mini

Apple is expected to produce a follow-up to its 7.9-inch tablet, though release date and specification rumors vary widely. Most recently, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that supply chain sources said Apple would be shipping a Retina display-toting mini sometime during the fourth quarter.
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