iPhone 5 and iPad Mini engineering mold claims appear, consistent with what we've heard so far

iPhone 5 and iPad Mini engineering mold claims appear, consistent with what we've heard so far
A few snaps of alleged iPhone 5 and iPad Mini engineering samples have appeared from the confines of Apple's Chinese supply chain, or so they claim. The iPhone 5's mockup dimensions seem to be about 4.72"x2.36" (120mm x 60mm), compared to the current crop's 4.54" x 2.31", indicating a slightly taller and wider device, eventually incorporating the rumored 4" screen

As for the build materials, this looks like just a sample mold, so the final chassis materials are still up in the air, but the separation lines top and bottom show that there might be at least two different materials used in the next iPhone. We are guessing a glass front and a largely metal back, based on all rumors so far, but it's still only speculation.

The iPad Mini sample, on the other hand, seems to confirm what we heard last week - that Apple's first foray into smaller tablets will be extremely thin, probably down to iPod touch levels, which will make it the thinnest tablet so far. Judging from the size-up with the new iPad next to it, this purported slimness is entirely possible, as long as these leaks carry some credibility. The iPad Mini mold actually matches the leaked case that we saw last week, down to the dock connector and the speaker grills, which we dismissed as the offputting blueish logo on the back looked rather P'shopped.

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22 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

please please be real, lol

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

oh you got me there, anyways making it taller only may not be the best idea ever(rumors), they should increase both but lets see how this turns out

2. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

if it doesnt have an A6 quad-core processor then the Nexus 7 will prevail!!!

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If the iPad mini is going to be 7 mm thin, then it'll have a ridiculous battery life!

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Especially if it is equipped with an LTE radio. Probably measured in double-digit minutes. Oh wait - I just heard about iApples new strategy regarding the mini. It will be sold as a complement to the iPhone - it will use the iPhone as a tether for Broadband Internet access. iApple is going to be selling the iPhone bundled with the iMini for $1,000 (USD) and up. This is the latest scheme to get you to part with your hard-earned $ come Christmas [!]

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

am I wrong for not understanding the point of an iPad mini?

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Nope, I'm still trying to understand the point of tablets in general.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

7" could do if you want a device to play games, read books draw, and social stuff. and with a good price it could be nice. but if you have a laptop.... well it could mean you may not need a tablet

15. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Rememeber though, for the longest of times it was clear that Apple was not going into that space as it was not deemed profitable enough for them. If they decided to make a tablet in that range though, it would certainly affirm concerns of competition and with the reality that android tablets and now the oncoming windows 8 tablets are something that should worry about.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

duh! they are loosing market share......

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Did Apple ever say that was their reason for not coming out with a 7inch tablet? Saying that "it was clear" for the longest time is so subjective. I think the only thing we can assume is that they didn't find it profitable before and for some reason or another they now find it profitable. I feel like we have the tendency to attach a side story to everything Apple does to paint a picture of a fearful/struggling company. But then again, you could be right...

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Sit on a couch for three hours watching TV while reading the news on your laptop and come back... Then you will understand the point of tablets.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well I'm back and I still don't understand. I'm going to need more reason than that to drop $400-500

8. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

You may not understand it because it will not fit to yours needs.

6. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Whn will ppl ever learn that, they will never see the real thing until Apple reveals it.

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So you say that people are stupid like a sheeps and only Apple are smart and sheeps doesn't see the real thing until Apple says them what is real and what's not?

7. wendygarett unregistered

once again fake, those chinese make this so they can earn some money to those apple biased site such as cnet and appleinsider

9. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Oh no! That guy from the terminator movie has morphed into a metal block that looks like an iphone...ruuuuuun!!

10. Aeires unregistered

Stories like this remind me of the one last year where a guy made an aluminum mock-up of the "iPhone5" based upon a protective phone case. Neither the iPhone5 nor the mock-up were accurate to any degree. One thing about Apple, nothing gets leaked unless they want it leaked. You can speculate all you want, the best bet is just wait and see.

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I am realizing now that there is one problem with being so thin in the world of Apple products, it prevents more and more people from tampering and/or altering the device through third party repair people. Which means if something goes broke, you must go to Apple. Such a disappointing action indeed.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Lol, now we're complaining about being too thin. Well the iPhone 4/4S is the thinnest iPhone but it's actually the most repairable and customizeable. A lot of people change their phones color to red, pink or whatever by ordering parts online. It has nothing to do with thinness but a lot to do with how the phone is built. Why don't we save all the negativity until we actually see the phone.

18. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Same s**tty design no one gonna buy it lolzzzz

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