The first pictures of a working iPad mini have surfaced ahead of a rumored unveiling next month. The device sports the aluminum shell we’ve seen a number of times in recent weeks, only it’s fully assembled with what appears to be a working display.
Normally, we look at images like this and immediately dismiss them as nonfunctioning models manufactured by a third-party — like the one that surfaced earlier this month. But there are a couple reason why I believe this one could be the real deal.
First, it looks genuine. As I mentioned earlier, the aluminum rear shell is identical to that which has surfaced before, and everything about it appears to be legitimate. Also, look closely at the device’s display — there’s a reflection of the person taking the photograph within it, and it looks like a real piece of glass.
The last purported iPad mini we saw didn’t have that. Instead, its display looked like it had just come from someone’s printer.
As we learned from the recent iPhone 5 rumors, leaks like this hit their peak as we edge closer to the device’s unveiling. And with a rumored iPad mini announcement coming next month, it seems plausible that this device could have come from the same leaky factory all those iPhone 5 part did — and they all turned out to be spot-on.