If this morning’s prospects of getting a glimpse at iOS 6 and new Mac hardware aren’t exciting enough for you, maybe this will pique your interest. We’ve come across some photos of what appears to be the rumored 7-inch iPad.

Rumors that Apple is working on an “iPad Mini” have really ramped up in the last 6 months, gaining support from credible news outlets and Apple insiders alike. But so far, we’ve yet to see any real evidence of the project…

Zoogue, a third-party accessory retailer with what looks like strong ties to China, is looking to change that. The site claims that it has received photos of an “iPad Mini” casing from an anonymous source, along with other information.

“We were provided with information contradictory to current rumors. Instead of being the rumored 7.85 inches diagonally, the display will take on a 7.58 inch form factor. When the iPad was originally released it was criticized for being a “giant iPhone”, but today it is the leader of the tablet breed.”

It’s worth pointing out that Zoogue doesn’t have much of a track record in Apple rumors. And we aren’t convinced that these photos are legitimate. While the design of the bottom of the device appears to echo that of the recently leaked “iPhone 5” casings, the sketchy-looking “iPad” font and other inconsistencies keep us skeptical.

That being said, these are the first (real or otherwise) photos we’ve seen of evidence of a smaller iPad. And, even if fake, they could indicate that there is chatter in Apple’s supply chain regarding such a product.

  • Zorvage

    Just.. WHY?!?

    • BoardDWorld

      It’s actually wanted by quite a few woman. It also makes a cheaper option to compete in a lower price range without taking away from the quality of the device.

      • Reyn Yonashiro

        I’m a dude but I’d still dig it.

  • Just no…

  • looks like 100 percent fake.

  • seyss

    misaligned apple logo in 2nd pic

  • All wrong. 1. Blue logo?? 2. Fat rounded corners. 3. Looks cheap. So fake.

    • I agree but remember the rumors of the new iPhone having that 1st gen look? Mthis iPad has a 1st gen look about it

      • I just don’t see it. Apple is about getting thinner and thinner. So very inconsistent and it’s got to be totally fake.

    • Binary_Stalker

      If you look, the entire photo has a blue tint. It’s the camera.

      • the blue tint in the photo is there to hide the bad blue logo job on the case

  • I dont see Apple using blue font and a blue logo for production but it could look like this cause its a prototype casing.

  • Could have been a scrapped prototype piece. It has the same dock connector port that the supposed new iPhone back plate has. And the speaker holes look the same as well. Weird.

  • coejam

    Nice joking!

  • Fake and gay

  • Lucas Venarotti

    oh, boy! that sure looks thick…

  • Looking cheap and fake

  • wouldnt an iphone be an ipad mini… or an itouch? lol

  • Dan

    no way this is real

  • Do you all think it’s fake because you’re afraid it may be real?