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Rumor mill says Apple plants have started producing the iPad mini

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Could the smaller tablet really be unveiled this month?

Our Apple rumor sense is tingling! The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed sources who claim that Apple's suppliers in Asia have started production on components for the mysterious iPad mini. For an as yet unconfirmed gadget, there has been a lot of talk in the tech community about the specs for the hypothetical tablet. But maybe Apple is ready to take some risks after its iPhone 5 took off with strong sales following its September launch.

And the speculation keeps coming. The Foxconn plant in Brazil allegedly began work on the parts for a 7.85-inch tablet earlier this week, and we heard similar rumblings of production in Asia earlier this summer. Also, Apple will supposedly send out invitations for the unveiling of the pint-sized device next week. We'll just have to wait and see.

If the iPad mini does appear on the market, it will be interesting to watch how it performs in sales. We want to know what you think about Apple's smaller tablet. Check out our poll and tell us whether or not you'd buy an iPad mini!

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[via BGR]

This article was written by Anna Washenko and originally appeared on Tecca

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