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iPhone 5? Old news. It's all eyes on the as-yet-unannounced iPad Mini now. And the rumour mill continues to churn stuff out for them. The latest: a trio of smartphone-shot snaps of the alleged compact slab.

Blurry and pale, the three pics posted by Chinese-language site Bolopad are, the site claims, "real machine spy shots", though they show nothing ardent fanboys won't have seen before.

Yes, it's a small iPad with a display of the same aspect ratio as the current model - witness the identical 4 x 4 grid of app icons. Again, there's the narrower long-edge bezel, the two speaker ports on the base and the narrow port we now know to be Apple's Lightning interface.

The snap shows a wee hole at the top of the device's back panel: possibly this machine's version of third, ambient-noise sensing microphone added to the iPhone 5. There are two volume keys in place of the 9.7in iPad's single rocker.

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