Apple is readying the much-rumoured but lesser-spotted iPad Mini for an imminent launch, four people abreast of matters down at Cupertino claim.
According to a Bloomberg report, the iGiant is reportedly sourcing 7.85-inch displays from Taiwan-based AU Optronics and South Korean electronics maker LG for the smaller iPad, due to hit the market sometime in October.
While the news will hardly surprise anyone following the Apple rumour-mill, having four people, albeit those who prefer to remain anonymous, just gives the conjecture an added layer of credence.
Alas, not much else was revealed other than the fact that TPK Holding and Yeh Cheng Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn will supply lamination coating for the device.
The iPad Mini is expected to be a substantially cheaper version of the regular iPad, estimated to cost in the region of $300 (or £200 in proper money). To keep costs down Apple is likely to opt for a lower-res, non-Retina display, the older A5 processor of the second-generation iPad and possibly no rear-mounted camera.
Also mooted to be on board is a new, mini dock connector that’ll purportedly debut with the iPhone 5 and replace the 30-pin port that’s been standard on iOS devices for aeons.