Apple has begun production of its oft-rumoured, but less-spotted smaller, cheaper iPad in a Foxconn factory in Brazil, a shadowy tipster has claimed.
Citing a ‘reliable source’ familiar with the iMaker’s plans, Japanese site Macotakara reports that the tablet that has been unofficially dubbed iPad Mini has entered the manufacturing stage at a plant in the world’s fifth most-populous country where substantial tax breaks and a growing skilled workforce has encouraged a gradual shift of Foxconn’s production efforts.
It’s still unknown whether production is also taking place in China where traditionally the majority of iProducts are made. Any possibility that it hasn’t may be due to the recent launch of the iPhone 5 and the hotly anticipated 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro that’s also rumoured to be landing imminently.
The source also confirmed that a microphole hole that was purportedly seen at the back of a leaked casing and has frequently featured in mockups, is no longer present, probably suggesting it has been moved.
According to CNN, an unnamed analyst told investors that invites to the iPad Mini’s official unveiling event are expected to go out on October 10th, making an official announcement likely on October 17th.
Mooted to be priced in the region of £199-£250, the device will be a direct rival to the Android-powered Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, featuring a 7.85-inch screen, but leaving out a rear-mounted camera and 3G connectivity to keep costs down.
Source: Macotakara via Mac Rumors