It's probably the right time, too, if rumors of an October launch for the smaller-sized tablet are correct.
While some were hoping for a $249 price point for the iPad mini, current speculation is now that - with the $299 pricing for the cheapest iPod touch 5G - Apple will be forced to set a price of $349 for the new iPad mini.
Although Steve Jobs once said tablets with a screen size smaller than 10-inches were DOA, Apple has reportedly been looking into 7-inch tablets since 2011.
The iPad mini images come from the Chinese website Bolopad. These seem legitimate, based on prior images of parts and shells.
Earlier, ZDNet said that the era of Apple secrecy was over. Not only were a number of details about the iPhone 5 leaked, they were accurate. Almost nothing significant about the new iPhone wasn't leaked.
On the other hand, accessory makers need access to dimensions and samples to make their cases and more - and they have never had an issue with getting access before.
iPad mini leaks are still very lean, but we expect a 7.85-inch tablet with a non-retina display, announced and shipping sometime in October.