Apple's suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as the company works to reinvigorate sales of the tablet computers after two straight quarters of declines.
Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.
With most pundits believing that the new iPhone will launch in early September, the new iPad will most likely launch in early October. That is pure speculation, but one thing I can say is that there have been enough leaked components that we know that the new iPad Air will be thinner and look subtly different.
Unfortunately, I can't make similar claims about the iPad Mini. I know that Bloomberg says that it is in production, but due to the lack of leaks I am not so sure. There simply isn't enough evidence to convince me that we're going to see a new iPad Mini this year.