iPad Mini to be manufactured at Foxconn's Brazil facility

Following a number of reports pointing to a 7.85-inch iPad comes yet another report claiming that manufacturing for the device will take place in Foxconn's Brazil facility.

Following a multitude of reports all pointing to a 7.85-inch iPad release sometime this Fall, Macotakara is reporting that the rumored slenderized iPad will begin being manufactured at Foxconn's plant in Brazil. Specifically, ramp up for mass production is expected to commence in September ahead of a planned holiday launch.

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According to Chinese reliable source, the tablet called iPad mini will be produced in Brazil, however production test to collect data for new cutting machine is already done in China.

Source said that, production phase of this tablet will be started since September, and this tablet should be shipped until holiday season, but announcement will not be so soon.

Some other tidbits from the report claim that the iPad Mini will come with 3G functionality - or at the very least there will be a model that does - and that according to some who have seen prototypes, the device will be as thin as the 4th gen iPod Touch.

Last week both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported that Apple is busy working on a smaller version of its wildly popular iPad. The rumored price range for the device is believed to be anywhere from $199 to $249.

It's worth noting that the recently announced and soon-to-be-released Nexus 7 tablet from Google and Asus has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews. The takeaway: Steve Jobs' dismissal of the 7-inch tablet form factor may have been a bit premature. Tablets like the Kindle Fire are selling very well and, as I've pointed out previously, people seem more than willing to sacrifice some screen real estate in exchange for a cheaper price point. To that end, a smaller version of the iPad makes a whole lot of sense and all signs are pointing to a release just in time for the always lucrative holiday shopping season.

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