Images of what is claimed to be the back of the iPad mini 2 have surfaced online.
The photographs, which were published on Weiphone, a Chinese website, on Thursday, show what appears to be the rear case of an iPad mini. The Apple logo and writing on the case are a bright blue, unlike the black or silver detailing found on the current iPad mini models.
The rear casing also looks thicker than the current iPad mini, which could be necessary to house a Retina display, as feature that is widely expected to be introduced to Apple's smaller tablet when it launches. Apple was forced to increase the thickness of its full-size iPad when it introduced the Retina display to the device due to the bigger battery needed to power the increased number of pixels.
It has been rumoured that Apple will release a new iPad mini with a Retina display this year, possibly in October, since the first-generation iPad launched last year. However, the improved display could increase the price of the iPad mini, as it is expected to add 30 per cent to the bill of materials for Apple.
In January, reports suggested that Apple had begun testing Retina panels for its next-gen iPad mini.