More rumors are surfacing about a smaller iPad that could be released in Q3 of 2012. Part suppliers are allegedly informing Digitimes sources about the new model, just like previous rumors of an iPad 3 sporting a 2048×1536 display.
The internal iPad cable is reportedly meant for the microphone inside the tablet. It has some short turns in the design whereas the cable in the iPad 2 has a pair of 90-degree bends. Different designs and flatter form factors than what can be accomplished with the current bent internal cable of iPad 2 may account for addressing the requirements of both smaller form factor and presumably thicker higher resolution screen panel. Then again, the cable on this picture could also be a mislabeled part of perhaps a prototype part left over from one of the existing iPads. Only time will tell, and if there really is an iPad 3 mini in the works we’ll have to wait until next year.