The iPad mini has appeared in a series of images that show the 7.85-inch device fully assembled for the first time. It’s unlikely the device in these images is genuine — it appears to be nothing more than a third-party mockup — but it gives us a great idea of the iPad mini’s size, its features, and what the real thing might look like in your hands.
We’ve seen plenty of iPad mini rear panels over the past few months, and lots of mockup images. But this is the first time we’ve seen a model of the assembled device. Why do we think this is a model? Well, it just doesn’t look like the real thing. The home button looks out of place for a start — its symbol looks too big and too bold — and the image on the display looks like it’s just been printed out.
What’s more, every image of the device is blurry. If this is the real thing, we should have high quality images to prove it.
Admittedly, the back of the device does look pretty convincing. The Apple logo looks genuine, as does the iPad name and text beneath it. In fact, with iPad mini rear panels floating around in recent weeks, it’s possible the back of this device is genuine, and that a fake front panel was fitted to the top of it.
But even though this iPad mini is quite clearly a fake, there’s a good chance the real thing will look almost identical to it.