The iPad Mini rumors keep on coming. This time around, a Chinese web site claims that manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron will be making smaller iPads. Apple does heavy business with both companies, so that doesn’t sound unusual. What does seem amiss is the source’s notion that the iPad Mini is being released to counter tablets running Microsoft Windows 8.
NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.
With all the rumors swirling about the iPad Mini, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up being released in Q3 2012. That said, the notion that it has anything to do with Windows 8 is laughable. I sincerely doubt that Apple sees Windows 8 tablets as a threat in the consumer market. At the very least, I don’t know any analysts or tech journalists that see Windows 8 tablets as a big threat to the iPad’s dominance. Besides, releasing a product merely to counteract a competitor doesn’t sound like Apple at all.
What do you think of the latest iPad Mini rumor? Does it make any sense that Apple would release the iPad Mini to fend off the threat of Windows 8 tablets (I’m laughing as a type this)?