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Apple Suppliers Getting Ready for Mass Production of iPad Mini in September

The talks surrounding the rumors that Apple will release a smaller, cheaper iPad have been around since last year. As you may know already, the iPad dominates the high-end tablet market with its impressive sales numbers. But Apple is yet to tap the potential of the low to mid-range markets which is dominated by the likes of Kindle Fire. And with the introduction of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, it looks like another strong competitor will come into the said market bracket. According to a new report, Apple component suppliers are already gearing up for the mass production of a 7 to 8-inch iPad.

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The report came straight from The Wall Street Journal, believing that the fruit company has already prompted its Asian suppliers for the upcoming large-scale production of a smaller, cheaper iPad, popularly referred to as the "iPad Mini". As with top secret information regarding Apple products, the source of the information are the usual "people familiar with the matter." The said production phase will be kickstarted this coming September.

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.

Two of the people said that the tablet’s screen will likely be smaller than eight inches. The iPad’s screen measures 9.7 inches, unchanged since the first model was released in 2010.

According to WSJ, Apple will be collaborating with LG Display Co. and AU Optronics Co. in order produce the screen for the smaller iPad. The price point of the iPad Mini is said to be between $249 and $299, which of course directly competes with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.

With all the hoopla surrounding the possibility of a Mini iPad, it is natural for one to assume that maybe, it is indeed coming. We'll know for sure in the coming months. [via iDownloadBlog]

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