Though Apple has been mum about the iPad mini thus far, reports continue to drop that the smaller tablet is on the way. Last week, it was said that the slate was already in production. And today, more new information has surfaced.

Apparently, Apple’s Asian component suppliers have received orders to build more than 10 million iPad minis for Q4 of this year…

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. That is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter, these suppliers say.”

Such a large initial order indicates that Apple is anticipating that its new tablet will be extremely popular out of the gate. And with the recent rise in interest in budget tablets, and the holidays coming up, the conditions are certainly ripe.

The WSJ, along with several other publications, seems fairly certain that Apple is going to unveil the iPad mini later this month. It’s expected to have a 7.85-inch display, an extremely thin profile, and a price tag somewhere around $300.

[Image credit: Martin Hajek]

  • iDevizes

    Ten million…!!! With opponents as Google and Amazon i wonder if Apple isn’t overrating it’s iPad mini… it’s has to got a good pricetag on it

    • as long as its retina i am in

      • iDevizes

        You’ve got already an iPad or just waiting for a smaller one? Does only Retina matters?? Is that the only demand?

  • raschmin

    i would buy one, and sell my ipad2

  • Icycubed

    So basically a larger ipod touch

    • But that’s what the iPad is..

    • NOI!! its a smaller iPad

  • If the price is good and the device is light I think I will get one.

  • how they order 10 million and cant even fulfill iPhone 5 demand now???? WTF??

    • macboy74

      Agree. WTF

    • I would assume different plants will be building it. I think I remember reading somewhere that Foxconn’s Brazil plant will be building this.

      • iDevizes

        Yep Zachary is right, 70% of iPhone 5’s are produced in Foxconn China, iPad Mini indeed in Brazil 🙂

    • Pukka12

      Maybe that’s why they can’t meet iPhone demand…..there building something else (iPad mini)

  • How is this going to compete with the “budget” tablets if the new iPod Touch starts at $300? Certainly something bigger than the iPod Touch is going to cost more., so it seems it’ll be minimum $350, only $50 cheaper than the iPad 2. That’s not exactly “budget.”

  • i don’t see why it cant be less than an ipod touch. an iphone 5 is way more than a third generation iPad and no one seems to have a problem with that so i honestly don’t see why it couldn’t have the same or even a lower price tag than an ipod touch.

    • 1337lolzorz

      Wouldn’t that kill off the iPod touch if it cost less?

  • 10 million, that could lead to the biggest rollout of any device ever!