Earlier this week, rumors began to circulate that the iPad Mini may be unveiled later this month. While this has yet to be confirmed, new reports that Apple has begun mass production of the 8-inch tablet device certainly makes the rumors plausible.
Today the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Apple has begun mass production of the iPad mini; it stated:
“Apple Inc.’s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive against rivals such as Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. that are offering smaller, less-expensive alternatives to the iPad.”
Additionally, the WSJ cited two sources revealing that the iPad Mini will offer a 7.85-inch display that will have a lower resolution than the third-generation iPad. Still unconfirmed the iPad mini is rumored that it will have a 1024 x 768 pixel display.
Further solidifying the WSJ‘s claim, an additional report from Japanese site Macotakara also stated that the iPad Mini has begun production in Foxconn’s factories in Brazil.
Other rumored features of this upcoming tablet include front- and rear-facing cameras, dual stereo speakers, and optional 4G LTE.
While Apple has yet to confirm these reports, considering all of them are aligning from different sources, consumers can likely expect an unveiling of the iPad mini sometime this month.