New Photos Purportedly Tease iPad mini with Lightning Connector

Apple’s highly anticipated “iPad mini” has in recent weeks seen many mock-up designs based upon rumored specifications and form factors. Tech enthusiast Sonny Dickson, associated with 9to5Mac, has now upped the ante by posting several photos to Twitter and Instagram of what appears to be the actual device.

iPad MiniImage via Sonny Dickson.

The smaller iPad seen in the photos matches recent rumors about the product’s form factor and materials, including an aluminum back with rounded edges, rear camera, and Lightning connector.

iPad MiniImage via Sonny Dickson.

Mr. Dickson, based in Australia, has been careful not to verify the authenticity of the photos, either to protect a source, or because they do indeed depict a mockup of the device. However, if the iPad mini in the pictures is a mockup, it is of the highest quality yet seen.

iPad miniImage via Sonny Dickson.

Apple is widely expected to unveil its smaller version of the iPad this month, with some rumors indicating that invitations for the event will be sent as early as Wednesday. The device, dubbed by the media as the “iPad mini” is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen and a starting price roughly half that of its larger sibling.

[via CNET]