Things just got a little more interesting in Apple rumor land, after live photos of what’s being claimed to be engineering samples of the rumored iPad Mini and iPhone 5 got posted. Reportedly sent by “a trusted source” from the Apple supply chain, the first set of photos show a metal block molded to the size of the iPhone 5.
While it doesn’t look as complete as the phone shown in earlier iPhone 5 leaks, it does show a shape that coincides with the earlier reports. It basically shares the iPhone 4/4S shape, with flat surfaces and edges, but with longer dimensions for fitting a rumored 4-inch screen. The back plate in the photo shows the same design that features lines for adding what could be plastic panels along the top and bottom, as well as holes for the rear camera and flash light.
The second set of photos show a mold for the rumored “iPad Mini”, possibly a model that’s headed for case and accessory makers. If this is legit, then it’s the first time we’re seeing what a 7-inch iPad would look like. The sample is described to be about two-thirds the size of the current iPad, as well as a very slim frame.
Interestingly, the bottom shows a smaller 19-pin dock connector that’s similar to the one that’s reportedly going on the iPhone 5 – another sign that Apple is indeed moving forward with this new interface (provided that this leaked photo is legit, of course). The engineering mold also shows two speakers on either side of the dock connector.
The photos didn’t come with details, but it’s rumored to feature a 7.85-inch screen that may or may not have a Retina Display. Separate rumors point to the iPad Mini sporting either a Sharp IGZO display that can handle a 330ppi, or a screen with a 1024 x 768 resolution to keep the price down.