Apple Reportedly Orders 10 Million iPad Minis For Fourth Quarter

It looks like Apple is expecting strong demand for iPad mini – the smaller and cheaper iPad that the company is expected to be unveiled at a media event later this month.

Wall Street Journal reports that according to their sources in the supply chain, component makers have received orders for 10 million iPad mini units in the fourth quarter.

WSJ reports:

Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia, including in Taiwan, 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.

The iPad mini is expected to come with a 7.85-inch display with a narrower side bezel and 1024×768 resolution (same as the iPad 2 and the original iPad), it’s also supposed to be a lot thinner and lighter than full-sized iPad and could be priced at $249 – $299.

Last week, a report claimed that Apple will send out invites for the iPad mini media event on October 10.

Any of you planning to buy the iPad mini?

[via WSJ]