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Photos of alleged 7-inch iPad shell make Internet rounds

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Photos of alleged 7-inch iPad shell make Internet rounds
One of the hottest rumors of the summer this year surrounds the mythical 7-inch iPad mini. Beyond the usual gossipers, larger publications such as Bloomberg and the New York Times have even gotten in on the reporting. 

Now, a user on Sina Weibo, a Chinese social network, has posted some photos of what they claim to be the shell casing of the upcoming 7-inch iPad. Obviously the authenticity of these images is up for serious debate. If they are accurate, however, it is very interesting that the rear casing is clearly sans-camera hole. Conversely, there have been several so-called "leaks" of cases for the upcoming device that do sport a camera hole, so there is definitely a conflict here. 

While this could be an early look at the iPad mini’s shell, it’s not to hard to manufacture an image like this considering Apple tends to stick to a very minimalistic design, so take a look – and a grain of salt.





source: Sina Weibo via Engadget

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posted on 04 Aug 2012, 14:12 3

1. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Apple is being very clever

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 14:47 2

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 12030; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If its nice I'm selling my iPad 3, and getting one. The 7 inch form factor is nice, iOS 6 on a 7 incher could b a sweet combo.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 19:44 3

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm not trying to troll or anything, but iOS 6 isn't something that I would be excited about. Its a incrimental update to iOS 5. But who knows? It could be a good update if Apple played its cards right...

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 22:58

15. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Compared to other 7-inch tablet that exists, this tablet would be like, 20-30% larger compared to others because of its 4:3 aspect ratio..and i can't find the hole for the rear camera? Is it there? or am i blind? LOL

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 20:11

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


They have been clever so far not to make 7" iPad. They cannot reduce the cost much comparing to 10" variant and they will have to sell for much less. If they set the price at $300 they will not make a profit and that can affect 10" iPad sales. If they sell it for $350 or more they cannot compete with Nexus 7.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 14:53 3

3. kayeeman (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


There will be no such thing like ipad mini. not even for $300
$200 for ipod next gen

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 15:00

4. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


lol insider info?

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 15:18 2

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 12030; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U never know. Apples a smart company, and tapping into a different market with a sound brand name would b instant success.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 15:14 1

5. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Dr.Evil picture is pretty hilarious...

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 09:26

16. BigmikeMeMe (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


We need an austin "android" powers here!! anyone??

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 15:24

7. Aeires (unregistered)


Looks liked they dropped the 4:3 ratio, that's an improvement.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 15:25

8. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


looks OK........hope its available with good specs for 199

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 16:27 6

10. tech_lover (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


well for $199 u would only get this outer shell from apple!!!

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 16:17 7

9. fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 07 Mar 2011)


papple need to stop copping...

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 16:49

11. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I smell trolling

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 16:50

12. darkvadervip (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


If its true I'm getting it then get the Microsoft surface tab to complete it with and iPhone 5 and keep my son in an android.

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 16:23

17. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


It looks like someone at Apple is a traitor.

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 20:13 1

18. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Still failing to understand why people get hyped for Apple prodcuts..

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