Apple Supply Chain Set to Build More than 10M iPad Minis for Launch

Wednesday may be a big day for tech news. Rumors have been flying around that Apple will be sending out invitations on Oct. 10 to a product announcement event. If it is true, we are about to discover the truth behind the iPad mini rumors. We can all assume that the device exists. However, when it will drop is the big question.

Many industry analysts have speculated the smaller Apple tablet will make it to store shelves in time for the holiday season. Some think the iPad maker will stick with tradition and wait until spring to launch the new product. The Wall Street Journal seems to think Apple will release the iPad mini this fall and has information that suppliers have more than 10 million units on order right now.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia have received orders to make more than 10 Million units of the smaller tablet in the fourth quarter.” The order, according to unnamed suppliers, is twice as big as Amazon’s holiday order.

Of course, Apple has not commented on the highly anticipated unit. Its part of their charm. However, we’ve seen plenty of pictures and heard from plenty of analysts over the past few months. Industry speculation is like a trailer that shows all of the good parts of a movie.

The iPad mini will purportedly have a 7.85-inch screen, an anodized aluminum backside that is similar to the iPhone 5, the same screen quality as the iPad 2, 4G LTE compatibility, two speakers, a Lightning connector, thinner bezel, and $299 price tag.

Just how many of these rumors are true will supposedly be revealed on Oct. 17, which is another speculated date based on the rumored Oct. 10 invitation.

Hopefully, Apple won’t make us wait much longer. The anticipation is killing us.

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