Remember that iPad mini that surfaced on Tuesday? Rather naively, I suggested it could have been the real thing, but as it turns out, it was nothing more than a dummy unit — as you can see from the video above. Admittedly, it is a rather impressive dummy unit, and it’s likely to be almost identical to the real iPad mini.
It’s hard to tell whether the dummy is simply built based on the rumors we’ve seen in recent weeks, or whether some of its parts — such as the rear casing — are actually genuine. Though we’re assuming the former is probably true here.
The dummy boasts a (fake) 7.85-inch display with a slim bezel down the sides of the screen, both front- and rear-facing cameras, and Apple’s new Lightning connector. As I said, though this may not be the real thing, it’s likely to be a very good replica.
According to GizChina, who obtained this device and produced the video you see above, dummies like this are readily available online for around $13.
Apple is expected to hold a special event in September to announce the new device, so we’ll find out then just how accurate this dummy unit is. Until then, don’t be fooled by “leaked” pictures you see online, because they’re probably all just of dummy units.