The iPad mini 2 launch date may be more than a month away but that hasn’t stopped alleged photos from leaking out, showing off the back housing of what very well could be Apple’s new iPad mini.
Rumors suggest that the iPad mini 2 launch date will take place after the iPhone 5S launch, the latter of which is slated for September 10th. No specific date has emerged yet for the iPad mini 2 launch though both October and 2014 have both been rumored as possibilities. At least one iPad mini 2 model is expected to have a Retina Display, something that the current iPad mini does not have.
We’ve seen rumors of iPad mini 2 production hint at a November release date, same as last year’s iPad mini, but nothing has been set in stone quite yet leaving consumers with plenty of questions.
It appears that one of those questions may have been answered as the resourceful Sonny Dickson has shown off what he is claiming to be the back shell of the iPad mini 2. The shell shows off a silver finish with an Apple logo dead in the center of the design. It shows off a spot for a rear camera sensor, something that was included on the iPad mini, and we see holes for the volume rocker and the orientation lock.
The back housing doesn’t suggest any major design differences from the iPad mini 2 and that lines up with what we’ve heard already about Apple’s upcoming tablet. The device is expected to retain the same size display, though it is expected to have Retina quality resolution with a higher pixel-per-inch count. It’s also thought to have a more powerful processor to support the higher resolution display.
Apple is also expected to debut another big name tablet later this year in the form of the iPad 5, a device that is said to be borrowing the design of the iPad mini and could be announced alongside the new iPad mini 2 later on this year.
Release dates for the two devices are unknown but they are likely to be out sometime before or during the holiday shopping season.