Apple iPad mini getting closer to reality

New rumored pictures and claims by Asian suppliers seem to all but confirm the existence of the iPad mini
Written by Joel Evans, Contributor

If you're wondering whether or not the iPad mini may be a reality in time for the holidays, here's a quick rundown of events that seem to just about confirm that it will.

  • Component suppliers claim orders for 10 million units: Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple component suppliers are claiming to have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the iPad mini in the fourth quarter
  • Asian suppliers already manufacturing iPad mini: According to reports, Asian suppliers claim to have already been producing parts for a 7.85-inch tablet, rumored to be the iPad mini
  • Apple announcement October 17: Apple has yet to confirm, but we could see invites coming as soon as tomorrow, for the as-yet-unannounced iPad Mini launch event

I think that an iPad mini is definitely in the works, with availability by the holidays. In the past, there was a tremendous amount of secrecy around everything that Apple did. However, as of late, component manufacturers seem to be slipping out details far ahead of announcements. In this case, rumored pictures are being leaked, most recent ones showing off the iPad mini on top of an iPad. Of course, the pictures could be Photoshop renderings, but at this stage, I'd say that they're the real deal.

As for whether or not we need a 7-inch (ish) tablet, I previously wrote about how great the Nexus 7 is, and even purchased the new Kindle Fire HD, to do a similar review on its capabilities.

In my experience, the 10-inch tablet is a solid performer, but you can't beat the convenience of the 7-inch. Many people think that iOS is superior to Android, so you can imagine how successful a smaller form factor iPad will be, especially if it's priced right.

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