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 bebetween two manufacturers, Foxconn and Pegatron. Foxconn began assembling iPhones in the industrial town of Jundiai . 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 toto a press event as early as next week.
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