iPad Mini case photos leak, show few changes

A Chinese Web site has published images of an aluminum back casing for the long-rumored iPad Mini.

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More photos of Apple's rumored iPad Mini have hit the Web.

Chinese Web site digi.163 recently posted photos of the back casing of what it claims is the upcoming iPad Mini. As with previous photos of the iPad Mini's case, the images show an aluminum design that comes with a new 9-pin connector. In addition, the casing appears to show two speakers at the bottom of the device, an Apple logo, and a place for a rear camera.

Purported iPad Mini photos have been leaking onto the Web for several weeks. The vast majority of those photos show the features displayed in the latest image dump. However, as AppleInsider points out, the most recent images seem to indicate that the headphone jack will sit atop the iPad Mini. In previous images, the headphone jack appeared on the bottom.

Of course, deciding which -- if any -- is accurate is impossible. Apple isn't talking about its plans for a new iPad, and there is no way to know whether the images that have surfaced are prototypes or concepts for the real thing. In other words, all of these images should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt.

Still, if Apple does have plans for an iPad Mini launch, rumors suggest it will happen next month. Those same rumors suggest the device will have a 7.85-inch display.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the report. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via AppleInsider)