A Chinese web portal has claimed that Apple will be releasing a "mini iPad" this year, to compete with Windows 8-based tablets.
According the the portal NetEase, the "mini iPad" will be released this year to "counter attack" the upcoming Windows tablets. Six million units of the smaller tablet will be ready for launch around the third quarter of this year. Price costs anywhere from $249 to $299.
NetEase has cited "Taiwan media reports" based on orders Apple has placed to factories, which includes Honhai Precision -- operated by Foxconn -- the manufacturer currently being investigated by the Fair Labour Association. It also reported that Pegatron is working on the mini iPad.
Rumours have come out since 2010, but late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was famously against the idea of an iPad mini.