The iPad Mini may not be ready for prime time yet, but that isn't stopping leaked images and purported mockups from hitting the web.
Though the authenticity of photos that surfaced Tuesday remains questionable, they perhaps offer some insight into what the 7.85-inch slate will look like fully assembled.
This is definitely not a working model, as the device emits no backlight, pointing to its display possibly being a paper cutout.
The model itself seems to be based on previous leaks, which include images of cases containing a mystery hole at the top and center on the device's back plate.
Information on storage capacity, model specifications and governmental certifications are also visible.
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Though the front is clearly non-functioning, the bezel does resemble previous leaks.
Two cameras - one on the rear and a slightly off-centered front-facing camera - are also visible in this mockup. Several other highly suspect parts, like volume controls, power buttons, and a hold switch, are also part of this model.
There's even appears to be a space for Apple's 8-pin Lightning dock connector, the same compatible for the iPhone 5.
A steady stream of leaks for the iPhone 5 dimmed the surprise of the unit, which debuted Sept. 12.
If these images and other leaks of the Mini turn out to be accurate, we won't have much in the way of shock come October. Even if they are off, they probably provide a pretty good idea of what we can expect during Apple's next big to-do.
Until we have set-in-stone confirmation from the Cupertino firm itself, check out TechRadar's complete iPad Mini rumor round up.