The year is rolling on, leaving Apple less and less time to come good on the rumours that it is about to launch a 7-inch version of its multi-million selling iPad – the iPad mini. Has a huge batch order just turned rumour into fact?
Reports from sources close to Apple’s supply chain are suggesting that the company has ordered a massive ten million iPad minis from its manufacturing plant Foxconn.
The order is twice what Amazon ordered for its Kindle Fire tablet, and suggests that Apple knows that a reasonably-priced (£150-£200) mini iPad will sell by the bucket load.
The current crop of rumours point to a device with a 7.85-inch display boasting a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. Many are expecting Apple to send out event invites this week, for a launch next week or the week after.
One thing’s for sure, Apple needs to get its skates on if it wants to capitalise on the Christmas market. At least with ten million units, it should have enough to meet the demand.