Is The iPad Mini Held By Taiwanese Racecar Driver A Photoshop Fake?

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Remember that supposed iPad Mini flaunted by famous Taiwanese racecar driver Jimmy Lin earlier today? We thought he was holding a fake, but we may have been more right than we knew: according to reader Greg Mills, it’s a Photoshop fake.

Greg writes:

The picture was staged with him holding a real iPad in his left hand and holding up an empty right hand up in the same position as if he was holding a smaller iPad.  If you capture the pixels where his finger nails intersect the smaller iPad you will notice there are vertical lines in the pixels and no horizontal breaks in the pixelation of the same color.  A clear sign the picture was doctored to add the downsized iPad.  The picture is a fake in my opinion.  Also, the scale of the “mini” iPad is just a bit too small as it is reportedly 7inches diagonally compared to the real iPad at 9.7 inches diagonally.

Here’s the blow-up:

Honestly, I’m not going to pretend to be enough of a Photoshop fiend to be able to tell if Greg’s right or not, but he certainly sounds convinced, and one thing’s for sure: it’s way unlikely Apple’s releasing a 7-inch iPad anytime soon. What do you guys think?