An image purported to be of the iPad Mini leaked last week.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is preparing more than 10 million iPad Minis for a fourth quarter launch later this year.
According to "some component suppliers" who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, they've received enough orders to make the aforementioned amount by the end of the year. Those same suppliers said that's double the amount of orders placed by Amazon for the fourth quarter for its Kindle Fire tablet.
The news follows a report last week, also from the Wall Street Journal, that Apple has already begun production of the new tablet. Additionally, images said to be of the device were also leaked early last week.
Apple's smaller iPad is expected to feature a 7.85-inch screen to compete against smaller tablets, such as Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7. The announcement of the iPad Mini is expected to be made later this month, according to recent reports.