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WSJ also chimes in that Apple suppliers got their iPad Mini marching orders for September

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WSJ also chimes in that Apple suppliers got their iPad Mini marching orders for September
When there's smoke, there is fire - after everybody, from Chinese blogs to Bloomberg, reporting that Apple is prepping to launch a smaller tablet in the fall, now the venerable Wall Street Journal confirms through its own supply chain sources the same thing.

The tipsters have said that Apple has told them to gear up for a mass production of the iPad Mini in September. It was precisely WSJ that reported back in February how Apple is testing a smaller tablet, but hasn't decided whether it makes sense to release it or not.

With Microsoft unveiling its own Surface line of tablets, and Google coming up with the cheapo Nexus 7, and the rumored Nexus 10, the competition's efforts might have tipped the scales for Cupertino, and it has allegedly given the green light for the iPad Mini to see the light of day. 

The WSJ doesn't report how much it will cost, only that the screen size will be less than 8", which jibes with the 7.85" screen rumor we heard yesterday, so the $249-$299 price range might materialize as correct too. The publication says that LG and AUO have grabbed the screen orders, whereas yesterday we heard it will be Sharp's IGZO technology with the lion's share of the production, but in the end it might be a mixture of those, ensuring enough yield for the undoubtedly huge demand a cheaper iPad will create, and cutting off Samsung from the screen supply chain.

source: WSJ

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posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:41 8

1. kunyuk (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Smoked by nexus 7

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:05 5

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Especially if the chipset is the same as current iPad3.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:46 6

2. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Wonder how well these will sell. hate the name ipad sound like it should be a tampon.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:45

4. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Tampon mini?

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:50 2

5. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i think the should call it the ipod huge... not the ipad mini

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:08 2

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Their price tag cant beat the KINDLE FIRE or the NEXUS 7 in price. For 300$ u can still buy a mini laptop

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:35 2

7. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Finally, the Mini-pad arrives.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:45 3

8. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


commercial idea. typical apple commercial advertising the new ipad mini.

"hello, my name is (enter famous actors name). have you ever wanted a huge ipod? maybe a mini ipad? well considering all of our devices are pretty much the same, we've decided to offer the ipod extreme... wait... or is it the ipad mini? uh well whatever it is, its pretty much the same thing over and over again. so i think you people should buy it at the extremely over priced price of 14 billion dollars. thank you sheep"

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 12:54 2

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well Look at that more info about a posible 7" iPad, HA!!! for those who think 7" have no place on the market and have battled me into thinking otherwise here are some reasons

1. a 7" device with a reduced price would encourage a family to purchace various handasets

2. 7" is a great tool for kids with small hands and the better price point makes it easy to replace making them much more "child friendly"

3. 7" makes a great gaming device because of not only its size but the fact that the user can cold into the tablet and reach out the entire screen making

4. a 7" device is much more discrete

5. with a that size fits everywhere

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 13:40 3

11. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


It's not the "size" that counts but, rather, what you can do with it. Quite frankly, it can be 8 riBbed inches but, if it still walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims on wi-fi like an iDuck then, no thank you to all 7 inches; I'll take an 4.8" Android any day.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:49 1

12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lmao, 8 ribbed inches, good one troll

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 13:01

10. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I'm all for a miniature tAmpon; I just hope it's more like a Phablet with Phone functionality.

Footnote: iPad MiNi = what iPhone 4S'sss should have been.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 16:00

14. HTCFreak (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


a 7" Phablet? The Galaxy Note is a bit awkward, but a 7" phablet? lol

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 15:19 1

13. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Hey Daniel P...newsflash...7" tablets have been out for quite some time and apple is scrambling to catch up! Even if you are trying to diss the Nexus 7 by calling it "cheapo"...google nailed it with latest hardware, latest software, and price point! So when the Nexus 7 releases in just a few weeks, it will put apple down a few more rungs!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 18:31 2

15. pete8812 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I like how everyone hated the iPad when it first came out, saying it was pointless and stupid, and now there are hundreds of tablets on the market. You guys defending your andriod tablets are hypocrites.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:33

17. Aeires (unregistered)


I think most people that hated it didn't hate the device, just the software. Even to this day, it still has a phone OS. Seriously, 4 icons wide, and at such a high resolution, that's sad. If Apple is serious about the post PC era, they shouldn't have put iOS on it, instead making it more like a Mac, not an over sized iPhone.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 23:20

20. Reikz (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Droid users Hypocrites?
Wasn't apple the one saying 7inch tablets where DOA and now they are making one?

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/tablets-steve-jobs/

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:30

16. A.P.P.L.E-R.O.Y.A.L.L.Y (banned) (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


7inch iPad wow.........

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 21:56

18. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 660; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


tablets with out memory card port should have USB-On-The_GO option.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 22:11

19. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


bring them on and lets see who's gonna be on top!

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