Does Taiwanese pop-star/racing driver Dreamer Jimmy already have an iPad Mini?
Taiwanese pop star and racing driver 'Dreamer Jimmy' (yes, apparently that's a plausible career path) has casually shown off what appears to be an iPad Mini on his blog
The photo shows Jimmy holding up the unannounced gadget next to a standard iPad. The only caption reads: '新玩具mini iPad,' which translates as: '[My] new toy mini iPad.'
Is it a clever Photoshop job, a Chinese knock-off or the genuine article? It certainly looks as though iOS is running on both products, and the new gizmo appears to have an Apple-esque design too. However, one small photo isn't anywhere near enough evidence to draw firm conclusions.
That said, it does tally up with recent rumours that a new iPad is on the way. Earlier this month, Taiwanese tech site Digitimes
reported that Foxconn will have a new iPad ready by the end of February 2011. As a prominent member of Taiwanese pop-culture, it's quite possible that Jimmy knows the right people to get him fashionable kit earlier than everyone else.
It will be highly ironic if Apple has indeed gone for a smaller design for the next iPad, given that Steve Jobs recently described 7in tablets as 'dead on arrival' in an Apple earnings call
Either way, CES is coming in just a few weeks, bringing all manner of other tablets based on Android, Windows 7 and maybe Windows 7 Phone. As such, 2011 is already shaping up to be a hot year for anyone looking for a new gadget to play with.
Could this be a genuine iPad Mini, or is Dreamer Jimmy taking us for a ride in his pop-fuelled racing car? Let us know your thoughts in the forums