This Is Apparently the Rear of a New iPad Mini

By Sam Gibbs on at

The Apple rumour mill churns on, and while this back casing supposedly pulled from the factory line of a next-gen possibly retina iPad Mini may look identical to last year's, there's seemingly one important difference. It's all to do with the iconic logo and the radios that power your internet.

If we take this part at face value, you can see a plastic moulded Apple logo in the centre, replacing the printed black Apple logo on the current generation Mini. Apple uses the logo as a place to stash all of its antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G in other Apple products, because aluminium isn't exactly friendly to radio waves. So, we could see better Wi-Fi reception and other bits and pieces on the new iPad Mini, if this is real.

Of course, as with all these things, the usual rumour disclaimer applies -- it could all be utter rubbish. We won't know for sure until Apple pulls one out on stage, probably in the autumn. [FanaticFone via Apple Insider]