Apple has ordered 10 million iPad mini units for the Q4 2012
Here’s your daily dose of iPad mini rumors. We have previously told you that production for Apple’s mysterious smaller tablet has already started, and its supply chain has begun making the shiny new Apple product so that it could be released right on time for the holiday season. Now another report has surfaced which is courtesy of WSJ. The highly reputed publication reports that Apple has placed an order of 10 Million iPad mini units which has been given to various companies in its Chinese supply chain. This info was leaked to the Journal by people who are familiar with the matters between Apple and its supply chain. The report suggests that an order of 10 million units was placed, which is extremely high.
For sake of comparison, Amazon placed an order of 5 million Kindle Fires last year and Apple’s order is exactly double from Amazons. Apple will release this new device in at least 9-11 countries initially, where it launched the iPhone 5 and that too in the holiday season, which is the point of time when this kind of devices sell like hotcakes especially when they have an Apple logo on them.
In another report WSJ’s AllThingsD blog wrote that according to the people in Apple’s supply chain the new iPad mini will look slicker than the current third generation iPad, and will make the consumers feel better when held in hands than its elder 9.7-inch brother. This will be because of its thin size, lower weight, and new form factor.
According to another report Apple will announce the new iPad mini on October 17, and will send out invitations for the event on October 10.