iPad Mini Rumored to be Produced in Brazil Starting September
According to the Japanese Apple site, MacOtakara
, the rumored 7-inch iPad tablet has completed its CNC machine testing in China and will be assembled in Foxconn’s factory in Brazil. A “reliable source” goes on to further detail the manufacturing plan quoting September as the expected production start date which will ramp up in time for the holiday season.
Currently, Foxconn’s plant in Brazil is tasked with building iPhones and certain iPad models, so taking on the responsibility of building the “iPad Mini” shouldn’t be a hard task. As of right now, the consensus remains on the tablet’s 7.85 inch size being a part of the form factor. The source did mention that the new device will be more similar to the third-generation iPod Nano as opposed to a shrunken iPad. The prototype device is supposedly the same height as Google’s recently announced Nexus 7 but is a bit wider and has a thickness similar to that of the iPod Touch.
The “iPad Mini” is also rumored to have 3G wireless connectivity though the source claimed to have seen a list of carriers slated to receive the device, though not every provider that currently sells the iPad will have access to the device at launch. We’ll have to see how many of the rumors turn out to be true once something more concrete is announced or revealed.