It’s not known for sure whether Apple will unveil its smaller tablet during next week’s event, or at a separate gig in October. But according to a long line of reports from credible sources, it’s coming.

And as the anticipated launch inches closer, more and more claimed parts have begun to surface. Tonight, we’ve come across photos of what is believed to be a legitimate iPad mini shell…

Nowhereelse.fr reposts the pictures, which were originally published by NetEase, a Chinese news site. They show, in fairly great detail, the interior and exterior of a rear shell supposedly belonging to an iPad mini. The component was allegedly leaked from an equipment manufacturer in Shenzhen, China.

Now, we’ve seen enough fakes and knockoffs in our day to maintain a high level of skepticism regarding purported Apple parts like this. But on the off chance that it’s real, it does offer up some intel.

For starters, it has an opening for the smaller dock connector that Apple is expected to use in all future iOS devices, starting with the iPhone 5. There’s also a hole for a rear-facing camera — another presumed feature. Oddly enough, though, there’s no sign of a headphone jack at the bottom of this shell.

Previous reports suggest that the iPad mini will house a 7.85-inch display, and will be about as thin as an iPod touch. But outside of that, and a rumored $200 price tag, very little is known about the device.

Hopefully we’ll find out more in the coming weeks.

What do you think about the claimed iPad mini shell in the above photos? Is it real, fake?

[MacRumors]

  • Am I the only one who kind of doesn’t like those holes on the bottom?

    • No more Obama

      i don’t mind them…i just wish the dock connector was on the side so we can place it into a keyboard type stand that will charge it while its in landscape mode

      • I love how you make a completely valid point and you get down voted.

        I sold my iPad about 2 weeks ago and picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet… I do prefer the dock being on the side as I use it more in landscape mode than portrait. But the biggest and most common sense thing that amazes me that no one has down before now is having the speakers on the front of the device… not down on the bottom… but right on the top on each side of the screen. It’s such a simple idea, but yet when I look at it and listen to music I am like wow, this is pure genius… why did it take so long?

      • No more Obama

        you are one of the most non-biased people on here. too bad so many people give you such a hard time, ie. @int3nsive
        yeah that galaxy note 10.1 is a beautiful device. i only wish it had a retina equivalent display. with android, if an app is compatible with your firmware can all apps be downloaded and look well? or are some apps made for 7 inch devices and others for the 10.1 devices. i don’t now much about android, so i never really considered buying a android based phone. maybe i could go for the nokia 920 in red. that is the most beautiful phone i think with some amazing specs like that camera and the stabilizer. the stabilizer doesn’t work on the iphone 4s. i have a IS lenses for my canon 600D and the nokia 920 works just like it. i’m so amazed. ok, sorry for getting off topic 😀

    • Guest

      That’s what she said.

  • No more Obama

    in the first picture it looks like the ipad is going to poop

  • No more Obama

    i think the headphone jack is at the top in the regular position

  • The small connector the ugliest

    • No more Obama

      what design would you prefer than this one?

  • rkaede

    wait is that a new thinkpad? :p

  • Shandeep Segar

    I am SURE that it is not the real iPad mini

  • macboy74

    Fake!!! Just like the fake new iPhone that’s been floating around the web.

  • Khalid Ejaz

    Fake. The monogram and the text ‘iPad’ not in center.

  • marco1993

    It looks so much plasticky may be its one of samsung’s tablet !!!