7.85in iPad Mini coming later in 2012?

iPad Mini going into production this autumn, say supply chain moles

Excitement for the iPad 3 is reaching fever pitch as Apple's March 7th event draws ever nearer. But Apple's hedging its bets, with plans for a smaller, cheaper iPad to enter production later in the year in a bid to take on the 7in Kindle Fire.

According to Digitimes' sources in the supply chain, samples of 7.85in iPads are already in circulation, and production is set to start in autumn 2012 at the earliest.

The mini-iPad 3 – iPad Mini, perhaps? – is likely to be priced at US$250-US$300, based on rumours that Apple is set to launch an 8GB iPad 2 priced at US$350-US$400 alongside the iPad 3.

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