The photos were originally published by Chinese blog DGtle and then picked up by Nowehereelse.fr. They show an iPad mini that is probably intended to be used by case and accessories makers to come up with new products ahead of the tablet’s launch, which is expected to be in October.
The smaller iPad is rumoured to have a 7.85in display, and the photographs show how an iPad that could be held easily in one hand. Another photograph gives a comparison between the sizes of Apple’s iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.
The latest iPad mini rumours suggest that Apple will make the iPad mini WiFi only in order to keep the price down.
Current speculation suggests that the iPad mini could be as think as the iPod touch.