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iPad mini rumor rollup for the week ending Oct. 12

John Cox | Oct. 15, 2012
The iOSphere throbbed with rumors of the mythical smaller iPad. There were photos, speculations, hopes and fears.

And here it is, in all its black-and-white glory. 

The basic idea in the iOSphere is that while this new scrap of information does not prove that the iPad mini actually exists, it does prove that accessory companies and retailers believe it exists.

Cam Bunton at Today's iPhone was simultaneously thrilled and not thrilled by "the latest leak." One the one hand, it "shows that retailers are gearing up for an influx of third party accessories compatible with the iPad mini."

And yet. "Sadly, the one piece of information that's missing is the one which would indicate whether or not this leak can be trusted: which store? ... But, even case leaks and alleged iPad mini parts being spilled online don't convince me yet that the smaller tablet is anything more than a rumor." AppleInsider later updated its report after learning "that this particular display was sent to a Best Buy store."

More than one newsrumor site has noted that in the run up to the October 2011 announcement of the iPhone 4S, accessory makers had committed to a cranking out new cases based on a completely changed iPhone chassis design, which of course turned out to be nothing more than a rumor.


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