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iPad Mini version hinted at by Samsung document

iPad Mini version hinted at by Samsung document

Reports that Apple is preparing a smaller tablet have been doing the rounds for months now. But today the prospect of a so-called iPad Mini looks more likely than ever.

According to received wisdom, a more compact iPad is to be added to Apple’s product line to help the gadget-maker see off the challenge of Amazon’s seven-inch, two-million-plus-selling Kindle Fire.

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And who are we to argue with the tech sages? Especially after the discovery of a Samsung document that appears to offer concrete proof that the iPad Mini is very real indeed.

Unearthed by OLED Display, the doc reveals that the third quarter of 2012 will see the release of a "new [Apple] seven-inch product temporarily referred to as the iPad mini".

The information jars with Steve Jobs’s claims that smaller screen-toting tablets are a non-starter. But chimes neatly with other supply chain leaks which suggest that the iPad will soon get an baby brother.

Last week, a report suggested that the device in question will be a scaled down version of the current-gen iPad 2.

However, if that news nugget is to believed we won’t have to wait until Q3 to see it, but will get our first glimpse this week at the launch of the iPad 3 on March 7th.

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