A report in Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple is getting ready to manufacture the “iPad mini”. However, there’s a twist to the tale.
The blog claims to have learnt from a “reliable Chinese source” that the iPad mini will be produced at the Foxconn’s newly opened facilities in Brazil, instead of the usual plant in China.
Here’s a quote from from the blog (excuse the English):
According to Chinese reliable source, the tablet called iPad mini will be produced in Brazil, however production test to collect data for new cutting machine is already done in China.
Source said that, production phase of this tablet will be started since September, and this tablet should be shipped until holiday season, but announcement will not be so soon.
This source, who seems to look a prototype, told that new tablet (iPad mini?) had same hight with Nexus 7 and slight larger width. Even though front projection size is larger than rivals, thickness of that new tablet is considered to be thinner than current most thinnest tablet Kindle Fire, and to be similar with iPod touch (4th generation) by this source.
Not the feeling that made iPad small, the design of the feeling such as iPod nano (3rd generation) is adopted and seems to be considerably different visually.
The rumours of a smaller iPad have been gathering momentum of late, with Wall Street Journal reporting that Apple is preparing a launch a smaller iPad in the coming months. Analysts have thrown in their two-cents about the smaller iPad as well, predicting it would be a smash hit.
Apple would “do to the tablet market what Apple did to the MP3 market in 2004 with the expansion of the iPod product line – leave absolutely no space for competitors”, a blog post by Rene Ritchie said.