According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has requested that component suppliers keep up with their plans to build over 10 million iPad Mini units during the fourth fiscal quarter of this year. The surprisingly large request would certainly suggest that Apple anticipates the demand for a seven-inch iPad will high.
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.
Moreover, it’s said that Apple has requested roughly double the number of components required to make an iPad Mini-like device than the amount of supplies ordered by Amazon for their Kindle Fire tablets.
The new information follows both leaked alleged iPad Mini parts and The Wall Street Journal’s report from last week, which all but confirms that Apple has entered the mass production phase of the new tablet.
Additionally, as suggested by Fortune, Apple will send invitations to select members of the press for a new fall media event on October 10th. Stay tuned for additional coverage on both Apple and their rumored iPad Mini.