iPad Mini: Is it already in mass production?

News Stacy Warden 07:59, Oct 03 2012

Several reports indicate that production of Apple's smaller tablet is already in full swing

We've been hearing about an iPad Mini for what feels like an eternity, but we may not have to wait much longer to actually see it in stores. According to a Wednesday report from The Wall Street Journal, some of Apple's suppliers have started mass production for a smaller version of the company's 9.7-inch iPad.

People with knowledge of the situation told WSJ that the the iPad Mini will sport a liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than its larger counterpart. South Korea's LG Display Co. And Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp. purportedly started mass production of the screens last month.

An iPad Mini would likely measure around 7.85-inches and would also (hopefully) sport a more budget-friendly price tag (the new iPad currently retails for $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model). Slapping a lower price on a smaller version of the tablet would also help boost competition against rivals like Google (with its Nexus 7) and Amazon (with its Kindle Fire lineup).

We've also heard rumors suggesting that Apple is planning to send out invites for a press conference Oct. 10, where it may officially reveal the smaller tablet. If this is true, we'll likely end up seeing the iPad Mini hit store shelves in November, just in time for the holiday season.


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