Rumors about the iPad Mini continues to emerge, stating that Apple’s smaller tablet will be assembled at Foxconn Brazil. As posted on the Japanese website MacOtakara:
According to Chinese reliable source, the tablet called iPad Mini will be produced in Brazil, however, production test to collect data for new cutting machine is already done in China.
Source said that production phase of this tablet will be started since September, and this tablet should be shipped until holiday season, but announcement will not be so soon.
Although the CNC machine testing for the so-called 7-inch tablet was completed in China, its manufacturing process will take place in the said factory. The production will start this September, which will be in line for a holiday release.
What to Expect for iPad Mini
On the other hand, there was consensus on the tablet’s 7.85-inch screen size. What remains up in the air is its form factor. It is yet to be known whether the rumored iPad Mini will be a shrunken iPad or similar to the third-generation iPod Nano.
There were also rumors that the smaller tablet’s prototype has the same size as the Google Nexus 7, although it is slightly wider. The Apple iPad Mini will also feature an iPod Touch-like thickness, which is slimmer than the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The device is also expected to sport 3G wireless connectivity, despite the claims that not all carriers will have access to the iPad Mini upon launch. It is also less likely the the iPad Mini will feature a Retina Display.
Although the recent rumor claims that production for the iPad Mini will begin on September, there were speculations that Apple will announce their smaller tablet together with their next-generation iPhone and iOS 6 this fall.
Taking Over its Competitors
Other than the release date, there were speculations that the iPad Mini is designed to take over its competitors such as Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface.
Despite the number of would-be competitors for Apple’s smaller tablet, Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu said that a more affordable iPad could undermine other tablet manufacturers. As of the moment, the cheapest iPad in the market is the 16 GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi that costs $399.
The device could also be the company’s was for a larger market opportunity, as it could bring success in the education sector. According to Topeka Capital Markets’ Brian White, considering the given trends in developing countries like China, a smaller tablet priced between $250 and $300 can have a big impact in the market.
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