iPad Mini already in production in Brazil, says report

According to a new report, Apple's next iPad -- or at least the smaller version of it -- is already being produced in Brazil.

A worker in Chengdu, China helping to manufacture Apple's products.
A worker in Chengdu, China helping to manufacture Apple's products. Apple

A smaller version of Apple's iPad is already in production according to a new report.

Citing an anonymous source, Japanese Apple blog Macotakara today says that production of the product is under way in a "Brazilian factory."

No other details on parts of physical form factor or offered, short of that the same source says the unit is missing a microphone on its backside, a rumored design cue currently found in Apple's iPhone 5.

Apple has been rumored to be splitting up production of a smaller iPad between two manufacturers, Foxconn and Pegatron. Foxconn began assembling iPhones in the industrial town of Jundiai earlier this year . The factories there are considerably smaller than Foxconn's Chinese operations, and initially worked on notebooks, monitors and other electronics for competing technology companies.

It goes without saying that a smaller iPad has not been announced by Apple, though is expected to be later this month. A report from Fortune earlier today suggested Apple plans to send out invites to a press event as early as next week.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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