The long-rumored "iPad Mini" may soon be a reality, though Apple has not officially acknowledged it.
The market for smaller, 7-inch tablets have thus far been dominated by Google and Amazon but it appears Apple wants to be next to jump in.
According to the Wall Street Journal, some of Apple's suppliers have begun production on a smaller version of their famed tablet computer.
Lorraine Luk, reporting for the Wall Street Journal, cites two executives of component makers, writing, "The smaller tablet will have a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than the latest iPad, which was released in March... The screen on the current iPad measures 9.7 inches diagonally, a size that hasn't changed since the first model was released in 2010."
Speculation online, mostly linking back to an August report by AllThingsD, a technology blog related to the Wall Street Journal, points to an October release for the so-called iPad Mini.
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