Apple to release iPad Mini later this year?

Could a 7.85-inch iPad featuring a Samsung-made screen go on sale before the end of the year? One Samsung official thinks so.

We’ve heard rumours in the past concerning the launch of a smaller iPad, and now an unnamed Samsung official has thrown more fuel on the fire. Asking not to be identified (fair enough in the circumstances), he or she told the Korea Times that Apple will launch a 7.85-inch iPad before 2012 is out.

Interesting stuff, as is the news that, despite the two firms’ well-publicised legal battles, Samsung currently has a $9.7 billion contract with Apple to supply components which is expected to rise to a staggering $11 billion by the end of the year.

Samsung supplies screens, storage, processors and more to Apple, which is its single biggest customer. So chances are certain individuals in Samsung might know what Apple's planning – just something to think about.

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