The leaked iPad Mini back plate with a black-dyed anodized aluminum housing has sparked the imagination of Apple fanatics. Apple has used colored anodized aluminum in the past, notably in the past with colorful entries to their iPod Mini lineup as well as with the recently released 5th generation iPod Touch. The dyed metal on the black iPhone 5 even uses dyed anodized aluminum. It’s entirely possible that we’ll see a colorful array of iPad Minis, though there’s narry a leak or ‘unnamed industry source’ on anything but the plain or black models. That hasn’t stopped Martin Hajek from releasing a series of fanciful renders of colored iPad Minis on Flickr and Gizmodo.
Some of their renders seem more plausible than others. While the white-dyed iPad has a certain ‘Macbook circa 2006′ flair to it, if Apple does offer more than two colors, we’re likely to see the same tints that are available on the current iPod touch, if not the full rainbow of iPod Nano/Shuffle hues. Apple’s a company that’s obsessed with offering a unified ‘Apple’ customer experience, so it would make the most sense for the colors, if offered, to match.
That means we’d be likely to see tints of black, bare metal, pink, yellow, blue, and a Product red-branded device. Maybe violet and green if we’re lucky. Or they could go the iPhone route and release models colored black or plain.
The only downside to dyed anodized aluminum is that the colored layer will show scratches and scuffs more easily than bare metal, which careless owners of the black iPhone 5 can attest to.
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