It seems more information on the rumoured iPad mini is starting to pour in. The most recent leak is an image allegedly showing the smaller iPad’s battery. The battery is approximately three times larger than the iPhone 5’s battery.
A source who wishes to remain anonymous has sent the images to MacRumours. The snaps show a battery with a model number of A1445. It also shows an Apple part number of 616-0641.
If you examine the picture provided closely, you’ll see that some information printed on the battery is missing. This suggests that this is prototype component for Apple’s rumoured slate.
As expected, the iPad mini’s alleged battery is around thrice the size of the iPhone 5’s battery. Furthermore, it is approximately a third of the size of the new iPad’s battery.
If this part is the real battery of the smaller iPad, this suggests that the smaller slate is really set to compete with rival 7-inch tablets. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD comes with a 4,400mAh battery. The Google Nexus 7 comes with 4,325mAh battery. Based on the batteries on smaller Android tablets, it’s safe to say that Apple is trying to match its rival’s components.
Previous reports say that the iPad mini will also sport a 7.85-inch touchscreen, but not a high-resolution screen just like the retina display on the new iPad. It is also said to sport a Lightning connector, similar to that of the iPhone 5. Judging from leaked images of the device’s back casing, it will sport a rear-facing camera.
Apple is yet to give us any hints whether it plans to launch the iPad mini or not. Well, this is expected of the Cupertino firm, since it does tend to be tight-lipped about upcoming devices. It is, however, rumoured to launch the device on the 23rd of October.
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