This 7-inch iPad seems to be becoming more and more real by the week. Not only has the device been confirmed by industry insiders and other credible sources, but part suppliers are now receiving orders from Apple to build the thing.

Makotakara passes along a report from The Liberty Times, a publication that the site describes as “one of the top four major Taiwan news media,” regarding the purported ‘iPad Mini.’ And it appears that Apple is moving forward with plans to produce the smaller tablet…

“LG Display and AU Optronics have already passed certification test for LCD panel for iPad mini, and have started to prepare to ship a part of production. The device, considered to be iPad mini, will be released during in 2012 3Q or 4Q, and target shipping amount seems to be expected to reach 6 million.”

The report goes on to say that Apple has also tapped Nissha Printing to provide touch sensors for the device, and has asked TPK Holding and Chimei Innolux to produce a total of 6 million backlight modules.

This story actually lines up perfectly with a previous report we heard out of China last month, which also claimed that Apple was looking to produce 6 million sub-$300 tablets for a 2012 Q3 release.

In fact, the only aspect of the device that the rumor mill seems to be conflicted on is whether it will have a Retina display, similar to that of the new iPad, or the 1024×768 display found on the first and second generation models.

Now the important question is, will people buy it? Would you buy one?

[9to5Mac]

  • I believe the more interesting question is, will it blend?

  • Anonymous

    Woah!

  • Definitely no!

  • cruzcontrol1001

    More like how much will it cost

  • Right price and u get a winner…
    It ll kick d arse of kindle fire…

  • Anonymous

    No their not. This will never happen.

  • Hmm, I would not Ithink? My IPad 2 is just fine, but i excpect it to be as good, as an IPad internalls, so it should be atleast powerfuller Than IPad 1, so it wont lag so much… Oh and why not add the retina, that would make it even better 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Love this I don’t like the big screens on the iPad reason why I got a Playbook. If Apple finalizes this I will definitively pick one up for sure with AT&T 4G

  • This size is perfect for the outdoor salesperson, waitress, or other service person.

    This is also perfect for Point of Sale situations

    Such as: Restaurants – how about your bill being delivered on this 7″ tablet? Add SQUARE payments and you can just swipe your card, and it is paid.

    Or: Car dealerships – you walk in, and want to know if they can get you that car in “blue” or with “tan leather” – the sales person can use this small tablet that is carried in their back pocket or coat pocket and look up their current inventory, or their sister store’s inventory.

    Or: Door to Door sales people, you can carry your catalog, sales form, payment system all on one easy to handle device.

    Besides all that, you bet it will be a great alternative for us iOS people to the Nook or the Kindle.

    I’m really excited to hear that it may be reality soon.

    Of course, my wife will “steal” it, but maybe that means I get to have my iPad back??? 🙂

  • Maybe it’s a 4-inch iPod Touch.

  • It is a XingLing crap! C’mon!