The sources behind what turned out to be accurate iPhone 5 leaks are also behind these shots of what appears to be 7.8-inch iPad parts. I'm almost certain that this is a real, fully working iPad Mini, which means its launch is probably getting close.
Chinese website Bolopad claims that these are exclusive shots of the real McCoy.
I'm starting to think that all these leaks can't be just a coincidence. The iPhone 5 has been the most broadly leaked product in Apple's history. The iPad Mini is going to be next. It almost feels like Apple is deliberately leaking products out of the factories to control media and consumer expectations. Or perhaps Foxconn's workers are getting smarter at smuggling them out the factory, or the entire production has become impossible to control.
This could be a new page in Tim Cook's book, who publicly vowed for new heights of secrecy but may have found a way to successfully neutralise negative opinions on an increasingly beige product line by allowing people to get a peek in advance.