Genuine leaked images of iPad Mini posted online?

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Apple is rumoured to be unveiling the iPad mini at a press event later this month, but what does the new device look like? A 9to5Mac researcher has posted the latest round of "leaked" photos of the fabled smaller Apple tablet, which appear to confirm much of the iPad mini speculation making the rounds.

With little fanfare, 9to5Mac researcher Sonny Dickson posted several photos on his Twitter feed of the iPad mini next to the existing iPad and the iPhone 5. On the blog, 9to5Mac posted "some more iPad mini mockups" and then urged users to check out Dickson's images, which are "alleged leaked photos of the iPad mini." So it appears that the first nine photos on 9to5Mac are mockups, while the other images may be leaked photos of the actual device.

At any rate, Dickson's images show the iPad mini atop an existing iPad, which shows off the newer tablet's smaller size - rumoured to be 7.85in. The iPad mini also includes the smaller Lightning dock connector that was just added to the iPhone 5, and a rear-facing camera. There are no pictures of the front of the iPad mini or with the device turned on.

Rumours about the iPad mini have been swirling for months. Just yesterday, reports emerged that Apple had ordered 10 million of the smaller tablets.

The iPad mini will reportedly come with a lower resolution screen than that of the standard iPad, and production of those screens began last month via Taiwan's AU Optronics and South Korea's LG Display. Other rumours indicate that the iPad's smaller sibling will be priced competitively against Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, which feature in the £160-200 price bracket.

The rumour mill suggests that Apple will send out press invites for an 17 October iPad mini event on 10 October, with the iPad mini hitting stores by 2 November in time for the holiday rush.

For the full range of the recent iPad mini images, check out the slideshow below and also see the recent feature on '6 Ways the iPad Mini Could Beat the iPad.'