Despite Steve Jobs’ long-standing opposition to the idea, rumors are continuing to spread that a 7” iPad Mini will be seeing a release this year.
The newest rumors come from Bloomberg, which is reporting that Apple may be planning to introduce the new tablet in October, ahead of a holiday season release. Bloomberg’s report suggests that the iPad Mini will not have a Retina display, but a 1024 x 768 resolution display that matches what was on the iPad 2. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that factories and companies in the Apple supply chain are increasing production in anticipation of manufacturing the iPad Mini as soon as September.
The success of the Kindle Fire and the potential success of the Google Nexus 7 in the tablet market have been cited as reasons behind a possible iPad Mini release. The latter seems an unlikely reason – if Apple has been planning an iPad Mini, they’ve doubtless been working on it for far longer than the past week, since the Nexus 7 announcement. It’s possible Apple was saving iPad Mini plans for a rainy day, but a knee-jerk reaction to use them now seems unlikely, especially given Apple’s penchant for keeping the amount of products they have on the market low.
As for whether or not the device will ever exist, we’ll just have to wait until later this year to find out.