This Could Be The First Leaked Component From The iPad Mini

This Could Be The First Leaked Component From The iPad Mini

If the iPad mini is really coming later this year, then why haven’t we seen a bunch of leaked parts for it? Daring Fireball’s John Gruber speculated that it was because the iPhone 5 was further along in production than the iPad mini, but now the guys at nowherelese.fr have come forward with a pretty convincing argument that this dock connector component is for the iPad mini: it’s way too big to be for the iPhone 5. Even Kyle Wiens of iFixIt says it appears to be a legitimate Apple part.

Curiously, though, it appears to have 10 pins, not the 9 pins seen on iPhone 5 dock connectors. However, we’re judging that from the inside of the dock connector cable, not from the actual plug. What does it mean?

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  • Fredrik Schandorff

    No pictures of the screws? :-)

  • bowlingGreen

    Oh look, Apple is stooping to different screen sizes. I thought 3.5″ was perfect for phones and 9.7″ was perfect for tablets.

    Now they’re just copying Samsung.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Oh look, Apple is stooping to different screen sizes. I thought 3.5″ was perfect for phones and 9.7″ was perfect for tablets.

    Now they’re just copying Samsung.

    Get the frick off our website. There’s a CultOfGoogle for you.

  • bruno_moreira

    This can be an iPod touch 5 part…

  • bowlingGreen
    Oh look, Apple is stooping to different screen sizes. I thought 3.5″ was perfect for phones and 9.7″ was perfect for tablets.

    Now they’re just copying Samsung.

    Get the frick off our website. There’s a CultOfGoogle for you.

    I’m not a cultist though. I never bought into a hardware manufacturer or an OS like, I’ll just assume you do :)

  • mr_bee

    This part shows the headphone jack on the bottom and very close to the dock connector.

    Every single other leaked part, schematic, mock-up and case leak for iPad mini shows the headphone jack on the top and speaker grills in the place where the headphone jack is on this.

    Therefore: is iPod touch part, NOT iPad mini part.

  • easydone101
    Oh look, Apple is stooping to different screen sizes. I thought 3.5″ was perfect for phones and 9.7″ was perfect for tablets.

    Now they’re just copying Samsung.

    Get the frick off our website. There’s a CultOfGoogle for you.

    Actually it is called Cult of Android

  • Tallest_Skil

    Actually it is called Cult of Android

    Even worse for him, then, that he came here instead of going there.

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