The iPad mini rumors will not go away and today's story centers around where it will actually be manufactured. According to a "Chinese reliable source", the iPad mini will be produced solely in Brazil.
It is thought that all of the tooling and design work has already been carried out in China. The source also revealed that the iPad mini would be available with cellular data connectivity and production was slated to start in September; with shipping being in time for the holidays.
The source who also claimed to have access to an iPad mini prototype and believes that the iPad mini is around the same height as the Nexus 7 but slightly wider. The width increase would make sense as Apple prefers the 4:3 aspect ratio for iPad screens where as other manufacturers seem to like the 16:9 ratio. 16:9 is the standard for movies but not the best ratio for apps, web surfing and most other tasks. The iPad mini is said to be very thin, in fact it could be the thinnest seven inch tablet available and may even be as thin as the latest generation iPod touch.
iMore has heard very similar rumors from its sources claiming that Apple will be going ahead with the 7-inch iPad. The date we are hearing is October 2012 and it will be released alongside the new iPhone. Our sources also confirm that it will be identical to the current iPad but just a scaled down version.