Rumours Of An iPad Mini Swirl In China

The Chinese rumour mill has hit full blast today claiming to have details about the imminent release of an iPad mini. Chinese net portal, NetEase, has a story on a rumoured new mini Apple tablet.

NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to "counter attack" the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from $US249 to $US299 and that there will be an initial six million units ready for launch.

Various Apple analysts have said before that a smaller iPad could do wonders for Apple, allowing it to dominate the smaller tablet market as well.

What's interesting is that in the NetEase article, Honhai Precision (Foxconn) and Pegatron are the two companies that will supposedly make the device. Pegatron was at one point a subsidiary of Asustek, who are currently working with Google on the next line of Android tablets.

传苹果将发布iPad Mini 鸿海等已拿下订单 [NetEase]


    Wouldn't that just be an iPod?

      or an iphone.... wait ipads cant make calls, so yeah an ipod

    I can't see this happening. Apple is a fairly haughty company and Steve Jobs himself made some passive-aggressive quip about how 7 inch (android) tablet users would need to file down their fingers to use such small screens. I can't see them just going "Oops! We lied! Here's a new small iPad!"

      You forgot Steve Jobs is no longer making the call now.

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