Gotta Be Mobile has posted several photos, first of physical model of the much rumored ‘iPad mini”, and a second of the next-generation iPhone.
The first image, of the “iPad mini” seems to be a mold which is the basic shape of the device, to be used by a case maker, to aid in the manufacturing process. In the past, case manufacturers have been a valid source of information regarding future designs. Then again, it seems that most of the case manufactures were fooled by the “tapered iPhone” designs (that did not come to market) that were circulating this time last year.
At any rate, the mold in the photos shows a device that is 213mm by 143mm and is slightly thinner than the current, full-sized, iPad at 9.39mm. The mockup also has the much-rumored, smaller dock connector that is expected to be included in the new iPhone.
Speaking of which, Gotta Be Mobile also has photos of what they claim is a “engineering sample” of the next-generation iPhone. The purpose of this block of aluminum isn’t entirely know, although it would be safe to assume that it would be used in a similar manner as the iPad mini mold.
The engineering sample shows much of what we’ve seen before- a screen that goes from edge-to-edge, and a rear plate that spans most of the back. The measurements of the device, are once again more of what we’ve heard before, and are very similar to the iPhone 4S, while being slightly taller at 12cm compared to 11.52com to accommodate to the (rumored) larger display.
To my mind, the iPad mini mold looks very much like something Apple would put into the world. The aesthetic seems to match Apple’s. As for the iPhone mockup, we’ve seen this design before. It could be legitimate, or it could turn out to be a bunch of buzz like last year’s tapered “iPhone 5″ design. For now, it doesn’t seem unreasonable.
Images courtesy of Gotta Be Mobile.