Sources in the supply chain responsible for building the upcoming smaller version of Apple's iPad (the iPad Mini) are telling The Wall Street Journal that Apple has ordered 10 million iPad Minis for the run-up to Christmas. While Apple has yet to officially announce the smaller tablet device, it is widely known to exist because of so many leaks from various component suppliers around the world.
The commonly held theory is that Apple plans to go head-to-head with the new high definition version of Amazon's Kindle Fire and has called for such a large order because Amazon plans to have 5 million ready by the holiday shopping season. The iPad Mini supposedly features a 7.85-inch screen, and will cost a lot less than the current model of iPad. The hope is that it will give devices like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire some real competition in the $200 tablet range.
Of course, Apple should probably announce the device before we worry about how many units it will or will not have ready by Christmas, and an ongoing strike at supplier Foxconn in China is more than likely having some sort of negative effect on getting units built...
Source: Tech Radar