October 09, 2012, 8:30 AM — In order to be an equal opportunity blogger, today I have rumors for both iOS and Android tablet aficionados.
For iOS fans this of course means the iPad Mini, which still isn't official, but that hasn't stopped one retailer from putting screen covers on sale. Zagg will let you pre-order an "Apple iPad Mini Screen Protector" for $24.99, though no image is available so it could be that Zagg is just winging it rather than having some sort of insider information.
In the meantime the Wall Street Journal says Apple will have 10 million iPad Minis manufactured in Q4. Does that number sound familiar? It should since we talked about it last week. The source then was a Barclays analyst via Electronista but I guess when the WSJ says it, people listen, because that figure was all over the blogs yesterday. Apparently various Foxconn and Pegatron factories are in full production mode at this point
Now let's move on to Android. There's been a growing chorus of rumors that a 32 GB Nexus 7 tablet is coming soon. At first I dismissed these as wishful thinking; the first we heard about it was from a listing at British retailer Carphone Warehouse (see the story at Droid Life) and let's face it, it could have been faked or just an honest mistake. But the rumor gained some credibility yesterday when a Japanese customer ordered a 16 GB Nexus 7 and got one with 32 GB of storage space instead! Android Authority has that story.
What's most interesting about this new Nexus is the price, if a tweet from @Rage06 can be believed. Rage shared a pic from Currys/PCWorld which also shows a 32 GB Nexus 7 with a price of £199, which is what the Nexus 7 16 GB currently sells for, suggesting a price drop is incoming. Not sure how early adopters will react if Google drops the price of the Nexus 7 16 GB by £50 (or a corresponding, but not equivalent, $50 in the US) this early; maybe they'll throw us a bone in the form of some Google Play credit or something.
There's also talk of a new Android revision coming soon but the details are still pretty vague. It sounds like it'll be a minor update though. I'll bring you up to date if those rumors start seeming more solid. I mean obviously there's always a new version of Android coming, but right now details about the timing and what the next revision entails are both pretty sketchy.
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