As rumors of an iPad Mini continue to mount, the latest report claims that this smaller slate is already in full production, which if true, lines up rather nicely with whispers of a September announcement from Apple.
In a recent research note to investors, a Jefferies analyst wrote that the iPad Mini is already being assembled by Apple’s manufacturing partners, citing the recent spike in Foxconn’s revenues. As the main manufacturing facility for Apple, Foxconn doesn’t normally experience much financial activity in July, however the company saw a 5 percent increase in revenues from June, drawing speculation that the iPad Mini is to thank.
Furthermore, the analyst noted Taiwanese sales data from July that reveals that Apple has increased orders for the tablet from 18 million units to 25 million for the September quarter, and more than 30 million units for the December quarter, estimating that the company could sell at least 8 million iPad Minis this holiday season.
While varying reports have pegged this device with a September or November launch date, if production of the tablet is already in full swing, then an announcement next month is starting to look more realistic.
More about the Apple iPad Mini
Rumored to function like an iPad but?with the look of an oversized iPod touch, the iPad Mini will be supposedly comparable in size to other portable slates, like the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, yet with a larger 4:3 display. Recent reports have claimed the tablet will lack bezels along the sides in portrait mode, providing wider bezels along the top and bottom of the device, a vast difference from the current iPad, which features consistently-sized bezels on all sides.
Said to sport the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the first- and second-generation tablets from Apple, the iPad Mini will have a 7.85-inch display and will allegedly be just 7.4 mm thick. Additionally, the device could use the same smaller Dock Connector that is expected in the iPhone 5, as well as feature 4G LTE connectivity.
Of course these rumors are far from official, as Apple refuses to acknowledge the existence of an iPad Mini, though this hasn’t stopped the whispers, with multiple reports pricing this slate at $200 or $250. If manufacturing reports hold true, the mystery of a smaller iPad could be solved soon enough.