Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had begun mass production of the iPad mini. The report also cited two sources which supposedly confirmed that the iPad mini will use a 7.85″ screen with a lower screen resolution than the 3rd Generation iPad. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s component suppliers in Asia have received orders to build more than 10 million of the so-called “iPad mini” for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. That is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter, these suppliers say.
The figure indicates that Apple believes demand for the product will be strong, despite stiff competition in the market.
It was also reported last week that Apple will send out media invitations for the iPad mini on October 10th. Given’s Apple history and if the invites are indeed sent out on October 10th, it would suggest that the event would be held in the middle of the following week.