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The iPad mini’s rear shell has been pictured again ahead of its much-anticipated unveiling this fall. It’s not the first time we’ve seen it, but these are possibly some of the best images that have surfaced so far. And according to the Chinese site that discovered the panel, it’s a genuine Apple part.

So what does it tell us about the iPad mini? Well, it appears the device will be a little thicker than the new iPad, and as predicted, it will feature the new dock connector that is expected to make its debut on the iPhone 5 next week. The shell also suggests the device will boast a rear-facing camera, stereo speakers, and separate volume buttons like those on the iPhone 4S — as opposed to a volume “rocker.”

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The shell appears to be for a Wi-Fi-only device, because there’s no SIM card slot, or a plastic section for the antenna.

The iPad mini is expected to make its debut sometime this fall — before the busy holiday period. It isn’t expected to launch alongside the iPhone 5 on September 12, but could be just a few weeks behind it. Recent reports have suggested it will feature a 7.85-inch display (non Retina).

Are you looking forward to the iPad mini?

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[Via: MacRumors]