has located alleged photos of shells, via social network Weibo, for the upcoming iPad mini that is rumored to launch alongside the new iPhone Sept. 12. The validity of the photos is not clear (at best), and the shells are missing a spot for a camera as you can see above. It seems unlikely that Apple would exclude a camera from the iPad mini, especially considering there is a camera on its cheap iPod touch line. They really look a lot on the fake side to us, but you should have a look anyway.

The second set of photos was posted late last month by ZooGue. These have cameras and are consistent with the above.

Earlier iPad mini-type photos show a shape more like the current new iPad (here and here), have a camera, and look much better (below).

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