7.85-Inch iPad to Ramp Up Production in September at Foxconn Brazil

Bits of information about the rumored 7.85 "iPad Mini" continue to leak out. Japanese blog Mac Otakara now claims that the smaller iPad will be produced in Brazil and will ramp up production starting in September.

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.

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Mockup of 7.85-inch "iPad mini" next to iPad 2

The smaller version of the tablet is said to include 3G capabilities. Other details remain a bit fuzzy, but the source who claims to have seen a prototype reports that the device will be thinner than rivals including the Kindle Fire. The device is said to be as thin as the 4th Generation iPod Touch.

Multiple sources have now claimed that Apple is coming out with a miniaturized version of the iPad this fall. The most recent report from Bloomberg pinpointed an October launch for the device.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
154 months ago
At what point does an iPad become Mini and an iPod Touch become Large? :o Or more specifically, when does a pod become a pad??...

Oh no's my brain is melting! Is a glass of water half full or half empty???
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimrod Avatar
154 months ago
This is probably just as likely at the moment as the hideous stretched iPhone 5 prototype that's been touted around. Most likely Apple causing misdirection as part of their new security plan...
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TMar Avatar
154 months ago
How many years has this rumor been going? Give up on it already.

"The new small ipad due out this year!"

"I know we said last year it was coming out but this year we're sure!"

"OK, OK. We know the last two years we said it was coming out but this is the year!"

Are these stories ran by the seventh day evangelists?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tpelton Avatar
154 months ago
Not a bad idea...

Cover the range of practical screen sizes (avoid losing a substantial part of the market that would prefer that size)

Offer a less expensive option - desperately needed to win the education market in the end.

Remember when the iPad was first announced. Many saw it as simply a big iPod Touch and thought it would only have a limited market. Pundits were speculating that total sales would be very low. But it was a paradigm shift. It was a computer for the masses. My 86 year old MIL loves hers. They sold tens of millions.

Now look at the education market. $500 is too much to spend on a child or ask a parent to spring for. $250 isn't much more than we used to expect in terms of graphing calculators. They have smaller fingers, and are more comfortable working on small screens. This has to happen to capture the education market.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
olowott Avatar
154 months ago
*The device is said to be as thin as the 4th Generation iPod Touch.*

:eek:
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChazUK Avatar
154 months ago
How many years has this rumor been going? Give up on it already.

"The new small ipad due out this year!"

"I know we said last year it was coming out but this year we're sure!"

"OK, OK. We know the last two years we said it was coming out but this is the year!"

Are these stories ran by the seventh day evangelists?

1. Keep repeating same rumour each year.
2. Get page hits.
3. Proclaim yourself winner if it eventually happens!

:D
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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