We're two weeks away from the launch of the iPad Mini, if sources familiar with Apple's plans are to be believed -- and that means it's prime time for leaked specs, videos and photos from unlikely places.
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The latest: pics obtained by a Ukrainian website, ukrainianiphone.com, purportedly of iPad Mini parts ready to be assembled at Foxconn. Check out the pertinent picture:
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The areas marked 1 and 4 aren't too surprising; they merely show the Mini will have a headphone jack on the top (unlike the iPhone 5), and will use a Lightning connector.
It's areas 2 and 3 that suggest the iPad Mini will have 3G service: 2 is what the 3G antenna housing looks like, while 3 is the tray for your Nano-SIM card. This also suggests that the Mini may not follow the new iPad or iPhone 5 into speedier LTE territory, but perhaps those components simply weren't available to the photographer.
There had been some speculation that the iPad Mini would be Wi-Fi only. That would help keep the price down in the $200 range, allowing the Mini to compete with the Kindle Fire HD (indeed, the comparable 7-inch Fire HD has no 3G service, only Wi-Fi.)
But if the Foxconn pic is to be believed, Apple isn't playing that game. It wants your Mini to be connected everywhere there's 3G data service. And that will drive the price up, likely into the $350 range.
That makes sense from the standpoint of other Apple products: the new iPod Touch is $300, and it would be odd for an iPad Mini to undercut the smaller, iPhone-sized Touch.
Are you looking forward to the iPad Mini? What would you pay for one, and do you need it to have 3G service? Let us know in the comments.
This story originally published on Mashable here.