Leaked iPad Mini 2 Rear Panel Hints At New Apple Logo

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A rear panel believed to be for the upcoming second-generation iPad mini appears to have been leaked from Apple’s supply chain. The panel is largely the same as the existing one — suggesting the new model will look identical to the original — but it has a new Apple logo on its back.

On the existing iPad mini, the Apple logo is mirrored and is printed onto the aluminum — just like on the iPhone 5. But according to this rear panel, Apple is going to use the traditional black Apple logo that’s embedded inside the aluminum — like that of the larger iPad — for the second-generation model.

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This panel was obtained by FanaticFone, the same website that leaked the fifth-generation iPad panel on Thursday. While the site insists that it is an “authentic part,” it does note that it could be from a prototype. That means this could have been a component Apple used for testing, but may not be the one selected for the final product.

We can’t be certain the new iPad mini will have a new Apple logo, then, but it certainly looks like Apple has been toying with the idea. We’ll find out more this fall when the Cupertino company announces its new lineup of iOS devices.

  • MacProClub

    The title is a bit misleading. I was like whaaaaatttt?????

  • MikeintoshCZ

    Clickbait

  • lwdesign1

    Nope, Apple would never change it’s logo to something dorky like that shown in the top photo. Apple’s brand is know worldwide. Brand recognition is amazingly and incredibly important, so these units are NOT the official end products, possibly prototypes or knock-offs.

  • bondr006

    I hate that logo. Whoever has come up with the idea that Apple would even consider changing the well known Apple brand logo to some shit like this is either missing a few important brain cells, or needs a major ass whoopin’.  photo wtfsign_zps107fdce6.gif  photo ncrazyqueenie_zpsb7092317.gif  photo mad71_zpsb4a5963c.gif  photo twak_zpsca319add.gif

  • Ernesto

    Can you say backlit apple logo?

  • gibear2k5

    Can you say backlit apple logo?

    I agree…

  • rogueleader27

    Guys relax! that’s not apple’s new logo. The title of this article is misleading. That’s the back of the panel, filled up with plastic to cover both the apple and the small leave on top. The shape on the other side will be the regular one. The title should be something like “iPad mini gets logo like the iPhone 5″

  • Duel

    This is funny news :)

    Well we have to remember people sometime makes mistakes, its same logo than for example iPad 4, it just looks different from inside the device.

    So its same logo, surprising is that cultofmac havent already edited this long time ago.

  • HerbalEd

    Do you really believe this? Then you’d believe anything.

  • TylerHoj

    All of Apple’s new [hand-held] devices are shifting toward this logo, they probably just want to maintain consistency in their mobile products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The newest iPod, which is the 16GB variation of the 5th gen iPod with a ‘white’ aluminum back and a black bezel, has this particular Apple logo as well. It’s just hot plastic being poured into the device on one side and being pressed into shape because of the articulately cut Apple logo on the other side. It’s faster moulding the logo this way, and on an assembly line that needs to crank out millions of products, every second counts.

  • robraden

    It’s a poorly written headline title, that’s all.

  • CrimsonZA

    Guys relax! that’s not apple’s new logo. The title of this article is misleading. That’s the back of the panel, filled up with plastic to cover both the apple and the small leave on top. The shape on the other side will be the regular one. The title should be something like “iPad mini gets logo like the iPhone 5″

    Except that the image in the article is not the same as the design of the iPhone 5 which the apple is printed on aluminium, it’s more like the other iPads , the current iPad mini has the same design as the iPhone 5’s rear apple logo.

  • CrimsonZA
    Can you say backlit apple logo?

    I agree…

    It’s a shame that the battery will probably be directly behind the logo, so I disagree sir.

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