Chinese tech blog BoloPad has released photos that they claim are, “Exclusive: Apple‘s new iPad Mini real machine spy photos.” If they are genuine, the photos show a device that is smaller but in many ways similar to the current 9.7″ iPad.
As best I can determine, the rumor was broken in the English-speaking press by AppleInsider this morning (5:29 a.m.!) AI treated the images skeptically, as more likely a prototype than the “working model”that later reports have claimed. The European rumors started a bit earlier in the day at NowhereElse.fr, that published many leaked iPhone 5 photos that turned out to be accurate to the actual product.
What we had with the iPhone 5, and now again with the iPad mini, is a situation where the products are being manufactured in China—along with accessories by third parties and perhaps even unauthorized clones. So there is both actual manufacturing going on as well as prototyping (based on rumors or actual templates) that supports the larger tech ecosystem that blooms around each of Apple’s products.
So what we have here is not necessarily real, not necessarily the truth, but a stochastic process that moves closer and closer to the real, to the truth. The actors in this process are not all real—not all charged by Apple to make these things. But, like all of us bloggers, they are involved in the larger process that visualizes and materializes these products in parallel to their actual manufacture.
So, when we see the black bezel of a certain proportion, the rear-facing camera, the lightning connector and speakers on the bottom, it is fairly likely that they mirror features that will be part of the eventual device when it is released. The fact that these may be fake does not mean that they do not contain the truth.
Just as Apple collaborates on products with Foxconn (and Taiwanese assembler Pegatron on the iPad mini, if rumors are to be believed), bloggers here are collaborating with prototype makers and parts manufacturers in China to build the prediction of these same products.
I can’t decide if the grooming, the pre-selling, helps us get used to the idea of these products—pre-sells them—or just ruins our surprise and makes us perpetually unsatisfied with Apple’s splashy reveals. If this one goes the way the last one went, look for iPad minis very similar to what you see here to be unveiled in October. And, if you believe our Ewen Spence, the starting price will still be pricey at $299.
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Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2012/09/18/chinese-blog-leaks-ipad-mini-photos-has-apples-ecosystem-grown-too-large-for-secrets/