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iPad mini to be made in Brazil?

Rumours say Apple's mooted smaller tablet will be made in South America.

Last week brought fresh rumours of an iPad mini, and now comes word it could be made in Brazil.

Mackotakra (via 9to5Mac) says anonymous sources have told it the iPad mini will be manufactured at Apple's factory in Brazil, though production tests are being carried out in China. Manufacturing is expected to start in September, with the device due to go on sale in October, as previously tipped.

It'll also come in a 3G version, unlike Google's similarly sized Nexus 7.

The iPad mini will be the same height as the Nexus 7 but slightly wider, according to the sources. It'll also be thinner than any Android tablet currently on sale. There's no word on whether we'll see a retina display on the smaller iPad, or if that shrunken dock connector will be there as expected.

All of these rumours are yet to be confirmed so don't take them as gospel. They do mostly square with what we've heard previously about the iPad mini though.

Two people with knowledge of the plans told Bloomberg this week the mini would have a 7 to 8-inch screen, but with a lower resolution than the retina display on the latest iPad. It's thought to be lower specced generally and seen as a competitor to the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, says Apple's suppliers in Asia are gearing up for mass production of the iPad mini.

Steve Jobs famously lambasted smaller tablets a couple of years ago, but then he also slated netbooks before Apple launched its MacBook Air, which is about as close as it'll get to a netbook. So an iPad mini wouldn't surprise me.

With the iPhone 5 and Apple TV set also expected at the end of the year, it looks like it could be a very busy time indeed for the Cupertino company.

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