A new set of leaked manufacturer photos suggests Apple is planning to equip its next iPad model with significant hardware updates.
Photos posted by blog nowhereelse.fr show what appears to be the dock connector and home buttons for the small-screen device unofficially dubbed the 'iPad Mini'.
The photos outline what would be a new 'mini' dock connection port for the device. The port would be used to connect the iPad to a PC for synching operations or to a power adaptor for battery charging.
The photo also shows the connection hardware for the iPhone 5, which has previously been rumoured to sport the smaller 20-pin connection hardware rather than the conventional connector port which had been used in all previous iPad and iPhone models.
The photos are the latest in an ongoing series of leaked images and reports from manufacturers on the features for the next iPad and iPhone models. Apple has yet to provide any official confirmation on either device, though the company is believed to be planning a special event for 12 September in which both are expected to be introduced.
When it does reach the market, the iPad Mini will compete with a growing line of 7in tablets which includes Amazon's Fire and the Google Nexus 7.
While the images corroborate earlier reports on the devices, rumours of features on the next iPad and iPhone models should be taken with a grain of salt. Last week, a Swedish design firm admitted to staging a report that the iPhone 5 would utilise special tamper-proof hardware.
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