I would feel more embarrassed about this if not for the fact that I am only one of many bloggers who got snookered. What's more, this wasn't just the work of a couple expert tricksters with a pirated copy of Photoshop. No, we were had by actual Chinese device makers who put real effort into designing and building a fake iPad Mini.
One of my readers asked me yesterday how I could tell the real leaks from the fake. I can't, usually, and now that Chinese OEMs are getting into the act it is going to be impossible to tell what is real and what is fake. Luckily for me I have never regarded the rumors as having anything to do with the real device, and that is a policy which I am going to have to extend to include leaked images as well.
But on the upside, you can now get an iPad Mini. It is selling on Ebay for $30, and that's a price that I think is well worth paying just so I can show it off and mess with people's heads.
Now that I know yesterday's photos are fakes, I'm far less certain that we'll see the iPad Mini next month. If we don't then I epxect to have any number of opportunities to show off the dummy and confuse people.
Speaking of which, at least one blog has already posted an unboxing video for the dummy iPad Mini. I'm not sure why they did it, but it happened: