Yesterday we reported that according to the rumors, it was suggested that Apple’s iPad mini is currently in production at Foxconn’s plant in Brazil. Given that the iPad mini is sort of a completely new product for Apple (unlike successors to the iPhone and iPad), it was hard to believe that such a device could be real. In any case for those who are looking forward to a smaller, and possibly more portable iPad, the folks at the Wall Street Journal have come forward with news of their own which basically corroborate the earlier rumors that the iPad mini is currently in production.

“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 Inc. that are offering smaller, less-expensive alternatives to the iPad.

Two of the people said the smaller tablet will have a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution compared with the latest iPad model that came out in March.”

The alleged iPad mini is expected to be announced on the 10th of October and Apple is rumored to be getting ready to send out invites to the event. If that is indeed the case, it would certainly make sense that the tablet is currently in mass production as Apple typically makes their products available for purchase shortly after the official announcement.

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