WSJ: iPad Mini Mass Production Underway, calls for Early November launch
I guess this means the conversation has officially changed—but not to anything new, mind you… About two weeks after the launch of the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini rumors are back in full force, with the Wall Street Journal being the latest major news outlet to call for a Early November launch of the supposed smaller tablet.
By now, I think we’re all well aware of why Apple might be interested in launching a lower-priced, diminutive iPad. Regardless of the strength of the competition, companies like Amazon and Google are catering to a different crowd with their roughly 7-inch devices, and it stands to reason that the iPad brand could dominate that sector if it had something to offer. Here’s what the Wall Street Journal has to add on the matter:
“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.”
… They go on to say that the “iPad Mini” (how much do you want to bet it’s NOT called that?) will have a display of 1024×768, and that said displays are getting cranked out by companies such as LG and AU.
So should this word from the WSJ cause us to believe a smaller iPad is a sure thing? I’m going to stay skeptical for the heck of it, but in combination with all the alleged leaked parts, it’s getting harder not to believe…