Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may not have even confirmed the existence of the device yet, but the company’s supply sources continue to insist that production of the iPad Mini is on in full flow. Supply volumes of the 7.85-inch iPad are estimated to reach four million units per month beginning in September, according to a report in DigiTimes, which will give Apple enough time to prepare for the holiday season demand. The sources say the device will be launched in October.
Production is said to have been on since June, but only smaller batches with a monthly unit yield in the hundreds of thousands were being produced until now. In an earlier report, it was said that Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturing partner, was making “summer hires” in preparation of large orders for the new, but still rumored, tablet.
Several supply side analysts have also predicted a fall launch for the iPad Mini, with most expecting it to come after the iPhone, which is rumored to be launching on September 12.
Speculation about the tablet’s look and feel says it may be as thin as the current iPod touch, with a thinner bezel in portrait orientation. If Apple is able to price the smaller iPad in the rumored range of $299, Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle Fire and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Nexus 7 may be in for a fierce fight with the iPhone maker.
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