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'iPad Mini' Production Reportedly Underway in Brazil

Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports that it has received information from a source indicating that Apple's assembly partner Foxconn has begun production on the forthcoming "iPad mini" at its facilities in Brazil. The report seems to be a follow-up on the site's July report claiming that production would begin ramping in Brazil in September.
According to my source, iPad mini was started production in Brazilian factory. I don't have information if it has been produced in Chinese factory, yet.
Foxconn has been working to ramp up iPhone and iPad production in Brazil, negotiating with government officials there for tax breaks to help tap into the large workforce in the country and to help its partners such as Apple circumvent high import taxes on foreign-made goods in the world's fifth most-populous country.


Mockup of 7.85-inch "iPad mini" next to full-size iPad (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)

Mac Otakara's source indicates that the iPad mini units in production in Brazil lack a small hole near the top center of the device's rear shell, which some had speculated was for a microphone. That feature has appeared on cases and design drawings that have leaked over the past few months, as well as in the numerous physical mockups currently circulating.

Apple will reportedly be introducing the iPad mini at a media event scheduled for this month, with a source reporting to Fortune that Apple is rumored to be sending out invitations on October 10. Based on Apple's typical timelines, the media event would take place about one week later.

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24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever


Because you don't want one, no one else could want one ever.
It's all about you. :rolleyes:
Rating: 38 Votes
24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever


How terribly closed-minded of you... :rolleyes:
Rating: 23 Votes
24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever


I did.

Always wanted the 7"-ish size.
Rating: 23 Votes
24 months ago
So technically they are being made in America? :rolleyes:
Rating: 20 Votes
24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever


OK, I'll take an iPad mini please. Actually, I'll take two.
Rating: 19 Votes
24 months ago
Maybe this is why we have no fuzzy pictures yet. If they were in production in China, we would have a full iPad already. :D
Rating: 19 Votes
24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever


"I would buy an iPad, but really I think a Kindle Fire is all I need and it's cheaper."

-Said lots of people last Christmas
Rating: 16 Votes
24 months ago

And the BigPad quakes in fear as its moment of cannibalization rapidly approaches...


Because as we all know, the 11 inch MBA completely killed the 13 inch rev, which eventually drove Apple out of business.
Rating: 14 Votes
24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever

I've said it. Lots of narcissists on this forum.
Rating: 14 Votes
24 months ago

"I want an iPad mini"
-Said no one ever


you just wait for the sales figures. lets come back in a few months and go over this statement.
Rating: 11 Votes

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