Between the new iPhone and iPod announcements, and now the preparation for official launch, talk of the iPad mini has been put on the back burner. This has a lot of folks wondering, is the rumored tablet still set for a fall launch?

According to a new report this afternoon, yes, the iPad mini is still on track to launch later this year. In fact, it appears that the slate has entered mass production, with Foxconn and Pegatron splitting the production…

Engadget passes along a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News:

“According to today’s front page news on Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, reports from two local securities firms claim that Pegatron’s managed to nab a staggering 50 to 60 percent of iPad mini orders from Apple, meaning Foxconn is finally no longer the sole assembler of iPads.”

The move is said to be an attempt by Apple to lessen its reliance on Foxconn for manufacturing. The company typically produces all of Apple’s iPads, along with several of its other mobile devices and computers.

Perhaps the most interesting bit from the story is that the iPad mini is in mass production, as we’ve still seen relatively few leaked components. With the iPhone 5, we saw a new leaked part practically every day.

Apple was originally expected to unveil the smaller tablet during last week’s event. But recent speculation points to it turning up during a gig in the first few weeks of October. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  • @dongiuj

    I can’t wait for this “ipad mini” to come out. All you people that said “it won’t happen…apple won’t do it…that’s not apple…bla bla bla”, you guys are going to feel sooooo stupid. So damn sure of yourselves aren’t you. Think you know how a company thinks just because you bought their product/have used their products for a number of years. BWAHAhahahaha!!!!

    • Lol

    • We will all wait and see!

    • Hayden Jenkins

      The funny thing is this rumor was around just last year, and everyone ate it up just like they are now. But it never happened…

      • @dongiuj

        Maybe this year is different…

  • how much is this going to cost? I mean, an iPod Touch 4in display is $300. An iPad mini is certainly not gonna cost 200-250$….right?

    • Melvco

      That’s a GREAT question actually.

    • Shadowlink

      and that is why its not real there is no way someone would buy an ipod touch instead of a “mini iPad” for the same price or lower

      • I do think it is real, I mean, i love my new iPad, but sometimes portability it’s a bit difficult. I 7in would be awesome even if I can’t afford it… hehe

    • That’s EXACTLY what I was going to ask. Beat me to it. 🙂
      P. S. The thing in the image looks incredibly ugly.

      • BS that pic is fake ‘ the title saids in production …

    • Gorgonphone

      and it cant be 499 cause thats a

  • Not gonna happen!

    • Plus there is no where to put your thumb on the sides

      • Johnathan Jennings

        I agree. It’s too ugly to be an apple product. The iPad mini Is not happening.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I don’t believe it exists. I used to believe it.. But now with the new iPod touch with a larger display and starting at $300 and going up to $400.. And an iPad starting at $500.. I don’t see how apple could fit another product in there. I don’t think there will be an iPad mini.

    • @dongiuj

      I for one think it’s a good idea. I don’t need an ipod touch cause I have an iphone. Recently I thought about getting an ipad but since i’ve heard about this “ipad mini” it looks a bit more appealing to me than an ipad because of the size.

  • If I pad mini goes through no 6th chip,ritina or lte if under 300 dollars. P.S no full featured Siri.

  • I really doubt this iPad Mini thing… Unless they get rid of the iPad or raise the price of the iPad I really don’t see this happening

  • We’ve been hearing this rumor since last year, if I’m not mistaken. Is this really true? Is Apple planning to manufacture an iPad mini?

  • Gorgonphone

    as long as it has retina screen i am in 10000%