Now that the iPhone 5 announcement has come and gone, the rumor mill has turned its sights back to the iPad mini. Yesterday, we heard the tablet is already in mass production. And today, this.

There’s a new set of photos floating around the web this morning of a purported iPad mini dummy unit. And the non-working model is believed to be indicative of what the tablet will look like… posts the pictures, which were originally discovered on BoLoPad. The tablet in the shots is obviously not a real iPad mini, but it’s said to be made up of real iPad mini parts.

Admittedly, it looks similar to other recent part leaks, with a thin aluminum shell, a Lightning port and an opening for a rear camera. It also has a hole for what’s believed to be a rear mic.

But as always, with these types of things, it’s impossible to determine legitimacy. The parts look pretty sketchy, so they could either be cheap knockoffs, or early prototypes. It’s hard to tell.

Details regarding the iPad mini are still fairly scarce at this point. Most reports agree that the tablet will have a 7.85-inch display and be priced somewhere south of $300, but that’s about it.

Speaking of price, a lot of folks have brought up the fact that the new iPod touch starts at $299. So that begs the question, how could Apple price an iPad mini less than that without worrying about cannibalizing their own products? Who would pay as much for, or more, an iPod touch than an iPad mini?

These are good questions, and ones that we may not know the answers to until Apple itself reveals the product. Luckily, it’s expected to do that at an event in the first few weeks of October.

So, how do you think the iPad mini is shaping up so far? Look good?

  • Looks sweet:) although we want to see the real iPad.

  • The_Rise_Of_The_Shrimp

    The Apple logo isn’t even in the middle… Nuff said

  • I know that it is a tablet but i still want to see a flash on it. With a 5mp camera atleast.

  • seyss

    hmm this rumor looks real. the speakers in the center indicate apple design. if they were near the edges you’d block them with your hand. you can also see they decreased the non-screen space in the front

  • @dongiuj

    I’d be willing to go for this instead of an ipad or ipod touch.

  • All the rumors about the iPhone 5 had been proved true, so I definitely the iPad mini is happening.
    But Apple won’t allow the hardwares of iPad mini to surpass the iPad, at least not the 3rd generation.
    Considering that I have had the iPad 3. I should probably just wait for the second generation of iPad mini.

  • Zorvage

    I believe these pictures are fake. We didn’t see an iPhone 5 booting up to the homescreen untill the actual event.

    • Kurt

      say what??

  • bregalad

    Apple doesn’t worry about cannibalizing their own products. As long as every potential customer buys one or the other (or both) they’re happy. It’s when competitors cannibalize their products that they start to get worried.
    I think Apple firmly believes that devices with 3.5-4″ screens are not in competition with those bearing screens larger than 7″ and see no problem offering products in both categories at similar prices. They see miniaturization as a feature worth paying for where others might feel ripped off because a larger product offers “more”. I don’t happen to agree with their perspective and won’t be buying either a touch or an iPad mini, but millions of others likely will.

  • dummy iPad or not, Why show a screen? More so. why use iOS5 as the screen! (Look at Map icon to see my point)… This is just another cheap knockoff company, trying to beat apple to the punch, again.