We’ve already heard recently that the iPad mini is currently going in to production in the Foxconn plant in Brazil. That news came via serial Apple leaksters, Macotakara in Japan. However, this latest report comes from a much more reputable source: Wall Street Journal. Although it doesn’t have a perfect record, it is normally pretty reliable.
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 Amazon.com 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.
It’ll be sad to see an iPad released now without a Retina quality display. However, if it’s been taken out of the equation purely to save costs and compete with the likes of the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, I can completely understand why that is. Retina displays on the iPhone, iPod and iPad are easily the most expensive part of the assembly.
We heard recently that Apple will be sending out invites to an event later on in the month. Many predicting that the launch event will fall on October 17th. We’ll keep you up to date with all the movings and shakings. This could be an interesting one.