Production of the 7.85-inch “iPad mini” is expected to ramp up next month, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain, reaching a target of 4 million units per month. Apple hopes to build enough units to launch the device before the end of the year and serve with busy holiday season. DigiTimes reports:
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.
Of course, we always advise you to take DigiTimes rumors with a pinch of salt, because unfortunately, they’re inaccurate all too often. But this particular piece is consistent with the iPad mini rumors that have been circulating in recent months.
Those rumors have also claimed that the iPad mini will launch alongside the iPhone 5 on September 12. Although Apple is yet to confirm when its event will go ahead, this is the date that has been verified by a number of reliable publications.
The only thing that goes against that is the fact that we’ve seen very little evidence of the iPad mini up to this point. While we’ve seen all kinds of components for the iPhone 5 already, iPad mini parts are hard to find. However, that could be about to change if production is soon set to enter full flow.