The rumored launch date for the iPad Mini is drawing closer, and a second set of images of this 8-inch tablet have come to light. These expose a few more details on this upcoming model.
The front view in the new set of leaked images really shows nothing that wasn’t in the previous ones. The device looks like a slightly smaller iPad, with a FaceTime camera clearly in sight. The left and right bezels are proportionally thinner than on Apple’s larger tablets.
A second image shows the back. A rear-facing camera is present, although the resolution for this is unknown. On the top the Power button and headset jack are in their usual places, and so is the Lock switch and volume buttons on the side. Near this top is a small hole — it has been speculated that this is a microphone to make recording audio along with video.
The third new image from the Chinese website BoloPad reveals the bottom edge. This helps confirm earlier reports that the iPad Mini is going to use the Lightning port that will debut on the Apple iPhone 5. The leaked image also shows what is apparently a pair of stereo speakers, on either side of the charging/data port — something that hasn’t been in any previous iPad.
It should be noted that this set of images, like its predecessor, is of a non-functional demo unit, like the ones that are displayed in some retail stores.
More iPad Mini Details
According to previous unconfirmed reports, Apple’s next tablet will have a smaller screen — 7.85-inches instead of 9.8. It will also have a lower resolution: 1024 x 768.
Naturally, it will debut running Apple iOS 6, giving it Siri support. 4G LTE connectivity is expected to be an option on the more expensive versions.
It will supposedly be introduced at some point in October, and is expected to cost at least $100 less than the third-generation iPad.