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New iPad Mini Engineering Sample Photos

New iPad Mini Engineering Sample Photos

Exclusive photos of an iPad Mini engineering sample provide a first look at the iPad Mini design and hints at possible iPad Mini features. The new iPad will be the thinnest Apple tablet yet, as one of the photos shows.

Photos of the iPad Mini engineering sample come from a trusted source inside the Apple supply chain, who also provided exclusive iPhone 5 engineering sample photos, which are more detailed.

iPad Mini Design

The iPad Mini will be a little bit thinner than the current iPad, but it is only about two thirds the size.

The bottom of the iPad Mini shows the smaller19 pin dock connector we’ve heard about in earlier rumors for the iPhone 5.

The engineering mockup shows two speakers on either side of the dock connector, where current iPads have only one speaker. The speaker placement could show how Apple plans to change the iPad 3rd generation for a rumored fall refresh. The current iPad speakers are almost rear facing and easy to cover while holding. By moving the speakers tosurroundthe smaller dock connector and flattening the edge, the iPad Mini may be louder than the current iPad.

Read:Apple Planning Biggest Mobile Launch Around iPhone 5

While the images don’t show the exact dimensions of the iPad Mini, we used Photoshop in an attempt to measure them. The reading isn’t anywhere near perfect but it provides a glimpse at what to expect from the iPad Mini’s size.

What we’ve found, using a pixel count, is that the iPad Mini should be around 213.36mm tall and about 143.67mm wide.

iPad Mini Display

The iPad Mini sample doesn’t include markers for the display size, but current rumors suggest that the iPad Mini display will be 7.85 inches.

There are also rumors that point to the iPad Mini as having a IGZO display from Sharp. IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide and it should allow Apple to offer an iPad with a thinner screen featuring better brightness.

Sharp’s IGZO displays can also apparently handle 330 ppi which means that the display on the iPad Mini could very well be a Retina Display. Unfortunately, the images don shed any light on the matter.

To get a better feel for the iPad Mini display size, Daring Fireball suggests taking a screenshot of the iPad home display and viewing it with the iPad in landscape mode. When the image shrinks to the rotated display, the image will simulate the iPad Mini display. Gruber also shares a number of ideas regarding the price and use of the iPad Mini.

iPad Mini Rumors

Rumors have pointed to a smaller iPad from Apple for some time,and it appears that the company might finally make good on the rumors this fall.

Most of the current iPad Mini rumors focus on the display size, price and potential release date with analysts and publications like The Wall Street Journal weighing in.

Read: iPad Mini Would Complete Apple Product Lineup

Rumored features of the iPad Mini include:

A 7.85 inch display with 1024768 resolution. The display is also rumored to possibly be an IZGO display from Sharp

$299 iPad Mini price

October release date alongside the iPhone 5

16GB model

And while not specifically rumored, the iPad Mini may come with 4G LTE connectivity for carriers like AT and Verizon.

Something is just plain wrong here. Those estimated measurements make it 8.4 x 5.6 and that taller and significantly narrower than the paper iPad Mini published yesterday. It no longer a 4:3 ratio and makes it more of a tall iPhone than iPad. The paper iPad Mini specs are in line with two other 7 4:3 tablets, from Pandigital and Cruz (Velocity Micro), which is what I expect an iPad Mini to be. So either your measurements are wrong, or that sample is wrong (it doesn even look 4:3), or ALL of us have been wrong in what the iPad Mini will be. An iPad Mini as actually an iPhone MAX?! Note: I just done a piece of paper according to your estimated measurements. While a 4:3 screen could fit in that, the border around it is just screwy, not being uniform all around. Something is still wrong.

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