With only few weeks ahead of the supposed October release of Apple’s iPad Mini various physical mockups started to surface, often showing the same set of features. Apple.Pro and Giga.de revealed two new alleged iPad Mini. Both mockups confirm older design reports, such as the resemblance with a larger iPod touch and the narrow side bezels.
Additionaly, the iPad Mini revealed by Apple.Pro comes with a very thin profile, a smaller dock connector and a SIM-card slot and antenna cutouts.
The mockup revealed by Giga.de features a body made entirely of metal and offers a better approach to the size differences in a side-by-side comparison with an iPhone 4S.
So far, rumors, concepts, and leaked iPad mini parts suggested that the mini model will be a similar but smaller version of the full length iPad. New reports from case makers claim that the iPad mini will be in fact a larger version of the iPod touch with narrow side bezels.
9to5Mac received the news that the iPad mini will ““look like a big iPod touch” with smaller bezels along the sides in portrait mode and separate volume buttons and not a “rocker” and a mic on the back.”
This kind of design is typical to smartphones, but also to e-readers such as Kindles and Nooks. If it will look as rumored, than the iPad mini will surely be more practical than the current iPad.
iMore, too, published a similar representation of the mini model. The design was imagined according to the information received from “several sources.” Beside the smaller side bezels, iMore adds that the profile will have the exact same size as the current iPod touch. The mockup compares the iPad mini with a full-length iPad and with the fourth-generation iPod touch.
In this article we were referring strictly at the design of the devices. The iPad mini may look as a larger iPod touch, as rumored, but it will actually be as powerful as an iPad.
The fact that Apple works at the production of an iPad mini it is already approved. iMore claimed that it will come at the same time with the iPhone 5, while iLounge’s sources informed that the iPad mini will have its special event prepared in November, but both confirmed the existence of the device.
What remains a curiosity is the look of the smaller tablet. Gizmodo collaborated with Nickolay Lamm from InventHelp and imagined the iPad mini. The mini model was placed next to the current iPad to better stress out the differences between the two.
InventHelp designed the iPad mini according to the rumored 7.85-inch display, mini dock port and back camera.
Also, Apple may bring a second surprise with the mini tablet, namely a smaller Smart Cover that may have its own display and controls, if we are to speculate after the patent bought by Apple lately. InventHelp designed, too, a beautiful and plausible iPhone 5 concept.