There have been rumors of a shrunken iPad since time immemorial, so you’ll have to forgive us if we look at most fresh claims with a jaded eye. Still, when both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal hear that Apple is close to producing a tablet with an 8-inch or smaller screen, there might be some fire to go with the smoke. What details that exist are unsurprisingly thin outside of the dimensions, although Bloomberg understands that there won’t be a Retina display like in the current 9.7-inch slab. That’s not a shock given the size and likely cost concerns — we’re more interested in the talk of nearing production plans with an uncanny level of synchronicity. The Wall Street Journal has caught murmurs that volume production ramps up in September, while its business paper rival Bloomberg thinks that an announcement could come “by October.” We still won’t be shocked if these are just wild misinterpretations of an upsized iPod touch or become nothing but vapor. Should they pan out, however, our good friend the Nexus 7 could feel some heat this fall.
iPad mini rumors resurface like so many leftovers, have production start in September originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:17:00 EST.