Apple’s component suppliers are readying themselves for mass production of the mythical iPad Mini, reports suggest, as the long-time tech-site trope finally becomes reality.
According to unnamed insider sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, the tech giant’s parts providers in Asia are preparing for a September due date for the smaller iPad.
Signs that the iPad Mini is imminent mark a new front in the Cupertino-based company's increasingly acrimonious battle for market and mindshare with the Android OS and come hard on the heels of last week's unveiling of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
Teaming fairly high-end specs, such as a quad-core processor and the spanking new Jelly Bean version of Android, with a seven-inch screen and a keen price point of £159, the Nexus 7 dramatically undercuts the market-leading iPad.
The iPad Mini is expected to be up for grabs from about £250 and is purportedly set to swap the 10.1-inch, high-density retina display of Apple’s current-generation slate for a screen in the region of 7.85 inches.