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WSJ Report Backs Earlier Reports On Existence Of iPad Mini

The seems that the tablet battle between Google and Apple might indeed turn into a war in the near future. We have been hearing a lot about Google’s plan to bring a 10 inch tablet to the market to challenge the might of Apple’s iPad and at the same time, there are similar reports doing the round but this time about Apple and how it’s set to bring out a 7 inch tablet to better compete in the market which has shown a demand for mini tablets or tablets worth around $200.

It was only yesterday that we read a report by Bloomberg which stated that Apple is expected to bring it’s own mini tablet or a mini iPad. According to that report, the mini iPad would have a non retina display, measuring somewhere between 7 inches to 8 inches. The mini iPad would have a resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels.
An even earlier article which came out on iMore, even set a price line for the iPad mini. The report by iMore set the price of the mini iPad between $199 and $249.

Today, a fresh report on the iPad mini has surfaced. This report which came out on the Wall Street Journal, backs the earlier report by Bloomberg and provides more mileage to the iPad mini story. The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple’s component suppliers are on an overdrive and are gearing up for a mass production of the iPad’s smaller cousin in September. This is to ensure that the iPad mini can be unveiled in October in an Apple event, which will also likely feature the next generation iPhone.

“Apple Inc.’s AAPL +1.16% component suppliers in Asia are preparing for mass production in September of a tablet computer with a smaller screen than the iPad, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting a launch for the device is near.
Two of the people said that the tablet’s screen will likely be smaller than eight inches.
Officials at the component suppliers, who declined to be named, said this week that Apple has told them to prepare for mass production of the smaller tablet. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple was testing such a device but hadn’t yet decided whether to proceed with production.”

What ever the result of this battle, the consumers are the final winners. What are your thoughts about this? Will you prefer a non retina display, lower resolution iPad mini over the iPad?