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

WSJ also chimes in that Apple suppliers have received marching orders for the iPad Mini
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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