Two images that are thought to be of the battery from an iPad mini have surfaced overnight and they not only look legitimate but the performance figures of the battery seem to stack up too when placed against the new iPad and iPad 2; the images were sent to MacRumors.
MacRumors has received a pair of photos showing what is claimed to be the battery from Apple's forthcoming "iPad mini". The photos show a battery carrying a model number of A1445 and an Apple part number of 616-0641. The battery runs at 3.72 volts, offering 16.7 Whr of energy on 4490 mAh of charge.
The 16.7 watt-hour capacity for the iPad mini battery unsurprisingly places the device between the iPhone 5 at 5.45 watt-hours and the third-generation full-size iPad at 42.5 watt-hours. Given that the iPad mini has been said to be based more on the iPad 2 and lack a Retina display, the iPad mini's battery may be more appropriately compared to the 25 watt-hour battery of the iPad 2.
The battery figures would, if correct certainly appear to confirm what we have already heard and that is the iPad mini will not have a retina display but indeed be more in line with the iPad 2. Obviously the 7.85-inch screen would need less power that the iPad 2’s 9.7-inch screen, so to offer the same battery life, a smaller battery could be used. This particular battery is still in the testing stage and is not ready for a public release as there are blank areas for numbers and logos waiting to be added.
Not much longer to wait for all to be revealed, the iPad mini should be shown off at a press event by Apple on October 23; if all the recent rumors are correct. As that day approaches, expect more and more leaks and images of this exciting new Apple device.