Evidence iPad Mini and the Next iPhone are On the Way

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) manufacturing partners in Taiwan are constructing specialized plants dedicated to producing parts and components for the iPad mini and the next-generation iPhone, according to Taiwan technology website DigiTimes. The website says manufacturers such as Catcher Technology, Taiwan Surface Mount Technology, Radiant, and Coretronic are planning to construct new plants in preparation for demand for Apple’s new 7.85 inch iPad and the next generation iPhone.

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) sixth-generation iPhone and possibly a smaller iPad, being called the “iPad mini” by some, are two of the products the company is rumored to be launching this year, in addition to a possible high-definition television. Apple sold 35.1 million units of the iPhone during the first quarter along with 12 million tablets. If the company launches a follow-up to the iPhone 4S, which came out last October, soon, sales are likely to boom again. The rumored smaller tablet, if it launches, will follow the third-generation standard iPad Apple only released in March.

The report adds that with an impending release of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 and an upgrade of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) mobile operating system, Android, as well as increased orders of Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) ultrabooks as new laptops are launched later in the year, supply of parts will need to catch up.

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