iPad Mini Rumors: Production Begins Ahead of Launch Date

The iPad Mini, Apple’s oft-rumored 7-inch tablet device, has reportedly entered mass production at Chinese manufacturer Pegatron ahead of its presumed October launch date.

According to Chinese publication Economic Daily News, courtesy of Engadget, the iPad Mini entered mass production at Pegatron which has reportedly managed to take 50 to 60 percent of iPad Mini orders. If true, it would mean that Apple may have shifted away from Foxconn as the only manufacturer of the iPad.

By shifting complete dependence away from Foxconn, Apple will not only be able to churn out more iPads but it will likely be able to shore up some of the supply issues that have come with recent iPad launches including the new third-generation iPad.

Read: New iPhone 5 and iPad Mini Pictures Leak.

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This could resemble the iPad Mini.

In addition, the report claims that 53 million iPhone 5 device are expected to ship out to regions across the globe this year and because of that, Apple may use Pegatron to ensure its supply meets demand.

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The news comes shortly after Apple’s iPhone 5 launch event which revealed the new iPhone and new iPods, but as expected, no 7-inch iPad Mini tablet.

Read: Apple to Host iPhone Event in September, iPod and iPad Mini Event October.

Speculation suggests that Apple will announce the new iPad Mini at unannounced event in October. Historically, Apple holds its music event in early October and because Apple introduced iPods at the iPhone 5 event, this year’s event may be centered around Apple’s new tablet device.

iPad-Mini-Sample-Size-Comparison-620x4671-300x225Thus far, the iPad Mini still rests firmly in the shadows. We’ve seen a number of photos that purportedly show the device’s design but thus far, many of specifications remain unclear.

The iPad Mini is rumored to have a 7.85-inch display, an iPod touch style design with minimal side bezels, 16GB of storage and quite possibly a 4G LTE variant. It’s also said to cost somewhere between $200 and $300 dollars.

As for its design, it’s said to resemble a larger iPod touch with thin bezels on the sides. If and when Apple decides to announce and release the iPad Mini, it will be faced with growing competition.

Earlier this year, Google released the Nexus 7 tablet and just recently Amazon released its new Kindle Fire HD slate.

  

Comments

  1. cheri says

    If the price were comparable to the Nexus and Kindle Fire, I would definitely buy the iPad Mini. I have been hearing about the iPad Mini for weeks from a coworker at Dish and now I can’t stop looking for whatever information I can find on it. I really just want it to be able to take it with me out of the house, especially with all the new shows and new fall season coming up shortly, to watch live TV on the Dish Remote Access app so I don’t have to miss any of the shows this season. Even if it’s $300 or more for the LTE option, I might be willing to spend that much to have portable internet. It will be nice to be able to carry it around in my purse and not have it weigh me down like the iPad currently. This iPad Mini would be a great alternative and affordable item to the regular iPad. I cannot wait until they announce a release date.

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