What we’ve found, using a pixel count, is that the iPad Mini should be around 213.36mm tall and about 143.67mm wide. This is approximately two-thirds of the size of the new third-generation iPad. The new iPad is 185.67mm wide, 241.3mm tall, and 9.39mm thick.
Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has a width of 120mm which means that the iPad Mini, if our calculations are close, might be around 23.67mm wider than the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 tablet measures in at 198.5mm high which means that the iPad Mini may be a little taller than Google’s 7-inch tablet.
I think that’s just all wrong.
That’s 8.4 x 5.6 inches, which is much taller and narrower than the paper iPad Mini published yesterday.
And at 8.4″, that makes it 0.3″ taller than a NookColor.
Let me just cut to the chase here. This is the key photo:
Look at that. Look at it again.
The iPad Mini should be just about as tall as the iPad is wide.
That model of an alleged iPad Mini is too just damn tall.
As I commented at Gotta Be Mobile itself:
1) If that model is for real, then Apple is changing things greatly for the Mini.
But I’m inclined to this conclusion:
2) FAKE. The height of the Mini should be about the WIDTH of the iPad. And that model’s height clearly is NOT.
Now Gotta Be Mobile insists:
Photos of the iPad Mini engineering sample come from a trusted source inside the Apple supply chain
The source might be trusted, but the source could have also been bamboozled with a fake model designed to trace leaks.
That model resembles a typical narrow-screened 16:9 Android tablet, not what a 4:3 iPad Mini should be.
Unless Jon Ive is seriously going to break the iPad design language — something I really doubt — I’m calling FAKE on this.