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Apple Rumoured to be Working on Smaller iPad Tablet

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Rumours have resurfaced that Apple is working on a mid sized screen version of its iPad tablet devices.

According to the Chinese language Netease website, the company is working on a so-called "iPad mini" to be released around the third-quarter of this year and will be directly targeting the upcoming Windows tablet market which is due to launch to market around the same time.

The report suggests that the tablets will have retail prices in the range of US$250-$300, with 6 million units being prepared for the launch. At this very early stage it is however unlikely that assembly plants would have production estimates, as they can ramp up production to the necessary levels much closer to a launch date.

According to the report, both Foxconn and Pegatron are handling the assembly of the tablets. Although Foxconn is a well known Apple supplier, Pegatron is less well known, although it handles much of the assembly work for the CDMA version of the iPhone.

Use of the two companies could hint that Apple is preparing tablets for both WCDMA and CDMA networks.

On the web: Netease via Kotaku

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