According to reports, the smaller iPad will sport a low-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels) 7.85-inch display and a Lightning connector just like the iPhone 5. This has been revealed in a number of leaks that claim to show genuine iPad mini components. However, we were unable to confirm if these parts are the real deal or not. Now, a new rumour claims that Apple has ordered 10 million units of the iPad mini from Foxconn.
Sources well connected with Apple’s supply chain suggest that Apple has ordered a whopping 10 million units of the smaller version of the new iPad from Apple manufacturer Foxconn. This is twice the amount compared to the amount of Kindle Fires ordered by Amazon. This suggests that Apple predicts the iPad mini to sell like hotcakes. It is said to be priced in between £150 to £200.
According to another report, Apple will be sending out invitations on the 10th of October for a special event scheduled on the 17th of the month. This is believed to be invitations to the unveiling of the rumoured iPad mini. It is expected to be released towards the end of the month.
Does it make sense for the Cupertino firm to launch a smaller iPad? The answer is yes. First of all, smaller and cheaper Android tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 have proven to be hits. Apple may want to get into the action. Secondly, these cheaper tablets are eating away on Apple’s market share. So it does make sense for Apple to try and regain lost market shares through the smaller iPad.
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