We’ve opined, in the past, that the reason we haven’t seen many leaked iPad mini parts may be because the tablet is simply not as far along in production as the next-gen iPhone — a device for which part leaks have been ample.

And according to a new report, that might just be the case. Citing sources from Apple’s upstream supply chain, the note says that Apple isn’t expected to begin volume production of the smaller iPad until September…

DigiTimes has the scoop:

“Supply volume of Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad is estimated to reach four million units per month starting in September in order to prepare for demand from year-end holidays, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”

There’s no mention of a launch date for the tablet, which is still unknown at this point. Back in May, iMore reported that the iPad mini was set to launch in October, but other news outlets have yet to back up the theory.

We postulated that we may not see the slate until November, given its current stage in production. But as MacRumors smartly points out, Apple may have been intentionally holding back to fight off leaks of its new tablet.

It’s worth noting, however, that components reportedly belonging to the device have started popping up in the last few days. Just over the weekend we saw what’s believed to be the tablet’s dock connector and headphone jack.

Regardless of launch date, Apple is widely expected to unveil the smaller iPad alongside its new iPhone at a media event next month. The tablet is said to have a 7.85-inch display, and a casing as thin and as light as an iPod touch.

  • The picture above seems legit

  • It dosen’t have any back camera. I hope it has a facetime camera !

    • Geeks on Hugs

      Seeing as how the Nexus 7 is a stolen product that copied the iPad mini (note that the Nexus 7 also doesn’t have a back camera, surprise surprise), yes it will have a front facing camera.

      Google, stop stealing Steve Edison’s ideas!

      • Kayneeezy

        How do you copy a device that hasn’t even come out? Dude don’t get me wrong I am on your side. I’m team Apple but.. The 7 Inch tablet is totally not Apples Idea because initially they didn’t want to do it. Someone saw there was a slight demand for it and decided to make it. Personally I think Apple shouldn’t make one just to show that they don’t do things just to compete but make what they believe is the best device. Which is really what they claim to do.

      • itscb3

        I believe he was being sarcastic ;]

        In fact, I’m positive he was. Taking a look at his profile, he’s a windows dev.

      • Geeks on Hugs

        Android :-). And yes I was 😛

  • Geeks on Hugs

    It’s a shame that Apple is going against the wishes of Mahatma Jobs just to respond to the success of the Nexus 7 which was obviously a preemptive rip-off the iPad Mini to begin with.

    • Kayneeezy

      Apparently Eddy Cue was able to convince Jobs that the 7 inch iPad was a good idea. The evidence was presented in the Apple Vs Samsung case..

  • Kayneeezy

    I honestly think apple dropped the ball when they put a camera on the back of the iPad. what they needed to do is put the better HD camera in the front. I believe the iPad is used mostly for taking pictures and videos of yourself.

  • TheMasaya

    Fake Fake Fake As F#$%^&KKK…!!!