We've seen renderings, we've seen photos of parts. Now we're supposedly seeing leaked photos of an actual iPad mini. The photos were posted to a Twitter feed by Sonny Dickenson, who's affiliated with the 9To5Mac website, and have now been posted by other websites, such as PC Advisor. The photos certainly look real, and they conform to what all of the rumors have been saying. They show the smaller lightning connector and that the iPad mini is about two-thirds the size of the current iPad. So is all of this a pipe dream? We'll have a better idea tomorrow, which is the date that rumors say Apple will send out invitations to an event next week.
Many websites and news media are saying that it's a foregone conclusion that we'll be seeing the new, smaller iPad. I can't wait. It's also possible that we'll see a new version of the iPad with retina display, even though that model was first introduced just seven months ago. Rumors have it that Apple, in its effort to standardize on the new Lightning dock connector, will come out with a new 9.7-inch retina iPad that sports this new connector. Rumors have also suggested that the new version of the flagship iPad would be thinner and lighter, thanks to the use of in-cell technology and possibly a new IGZO display. Many expected the current iPad to have an IGZO display, but the technology apparently wasn't quite ready last spring. So Apple ended up going with a more standard display, resulting in an iPad that was a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad 2.