Earlier this week, new reports emerged claiming that Apple will send out invitations for an iPad mini event on 10 October, with the event being held on 17 October and a 2 November on sale date.
If the new photographs prove to be legitimate, Apple could offer its 7.85in tablet in an anodized aluminium Black & Slate model like the one introduced with the iPhone 5 in September.
However, many iPhone 5 owners have reported that the Black & Slate model scratches easily, which could spell trouble for a Black & Slate iPad mini. Apple's Phil Schiller says that the iPhone 5 scratches are 'normal,' though.
According to UkrainianiPhone, the photographs were taken by a source "close to Apple production line in China."
The photographs show a Lightning dock connector at the bottom of the iPad mini, as well as a NanoSIM tray, indicating that the rumours about Apple planning to only launch a WiFi iPad mini to keep costs down might be incorrect.
What do you think about the idea of a Black & Slate iPad mini?
Keep an eye out for more information about the iPad mini in the coming weeks.