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iPad Mini Launch Seems Close As Suppliers Prepare For Mass Production [WSJ Report]

by on July 4th, 2012

Following Bloomberg’s report from yesterday claiming that Apple has a smaller 7-8 inch screen iPad in the works that may be unveiled later this year, another report published today by The Wall Street Journal is claiming that Apple’s suppliers are already preparing for mass production of the device in September for its October release alongside the 6th generation iPhone a.k.a the iPhone 5.

Citing the news source:

Apple Inc.’s component suppliers in Asia are preparing for mass production in September of a tablet computer with a smaller screen than the iPad, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting a launch for the device is near.

Two of the people said that the tablet’s screen will likely be smaller than eight inches.

Officials at the component suppliers, who declined to be named, said this week that Apple has told them to prepare for mass production of the smaller tablet. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple was testing such a device but hadn’t yet decided whether to proceed with production.

Looks like Apple might actually be aiming to compete with new 7-inch tablets from Google and Amazon with its iPad Mini. What do you say?

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