iPad Mini news was abuzz today on the tech blogs. No, a pre-release model did not find its way into the hands of a lucky reviewer, but instead the hopes and dreams of iFans may have been crushed a little bit. After a number of supposed iPad Mini photographs found their way into tech blog circulation, many pundits felt confident enough to proclaim an October release date for the device that would be Apple’s answer to the recent flood of 7″ Android tablets. When the iPad Mini wasn’t brought out during the iPhone 5 keynote, many became worried that it would never be released. Some still held on to the possibility of an October, pre-holiday surprise (this seems most likely). When very detailed pictures began to surface a couple of days ago, confidence that the iPad Mini was real began to spread. Unfortunately for us, it was all a good ‘ole fashioned Chinese copy hoax. Thanks to The Digital Reader’s Nate Hoffelder for giving me the heads up with his prompt post (as an avid eReader and tech enthusiast, The Digital Reader is one of my favorite blogs; I highly recommend following it). That’s right: someone in China manufactured some fake iPad Minis that are nothing more than metal parts and knock-off Apple logos. The design and components are based on credible rumors of what the iPad Mini could hold in store for consumers, but we won’t know for sure until the real McCoy hits iStores everywhere (if it ever will).
So, do you want to buy one of these fake Minis? Head over to my favorite auction site, eBay, and $30.00 USD will get you one. As some have suggested, it might be a good conversation piece. You could definitely freak out a few of your Apple obsessed friends by strolling into their homes with this in your hands. For $30.00, is it worth it?
Don’t freak out and jump out of your computer chair if you see a bogus review pop up on YouTube (like the one above). This is a techies version of an April Fool’s joke.