It is being reported that Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron has nabbed the rights to build 50 to 60 per cent of iPad minis slated for release this year. Formerly exclusive iPad manufacturer Foxconn will be handling the other 40 to 50 per cent.

However, that's not the interesting news. After all, it doesn't really matter which Taiwanese manufacturer is producing the devices, rather that they are now being made. Chinese news source Economic Daily News claims that the iPad mini has now entered full production.

From what we've heard so far, the new, smaller Apple tablet is expected to be announced in October, for a release before Christmas. It'll have a 7.85-inch 4:3 screen (rather than 16:9 like the iPhone 5), and some are suggesting that it will be more akin to a stretched iPod touch rather than a shrunken iPad 3.

Purported cases and back plates have been photographed and leaked, and it is being aimed towards the more fashion-conscious tech fans.

So, Pegatron, Foxconn or Evonne Goolagong, it seems we'll finally have our iPad minis after all.

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