updated 09:27 am EDT, Mon October 8, 2012
Twice number of planned Kindle Fires
Asian supply companies say they've received enough orders to build over 10 million iPad minis in the December quarter alone, according to the Wall Street Journal. For comparison, the contacted suppliers add that the figure is roughly twice what Amazon has ordered for Kindle Fire tablets, perhaps Apple's closest competition in the tablet realm. Last week the Journal noted that production of the smaller iPad is already underway.
The new report doesn't mention any previously undisclosed features. The tablet is expected to have a 7.85-inch display, and become the first iPad to use Apple's new Lightning connector format. Beyond that though details are uncertain, including the resolution of the screen, although it will likely retain a Retina-level dpi.
If rumors prove accurate, Apple could send out invitations to an iPad mini event as soon as this week, though the event itself would probably take place October 17th. The device would be in stores by early November, in time to claim a sizable amount of holiday sales.