The highly anticipated iPad mini has apparently just gone into full production, according to a new story in the Wall Street Journal (paywall). According to the publication, people ‘with knowledge of the situation’ aid that mass production has already started and that it will have a lesser resolution than the new iPad. Most likely, it will have a 1024 x 768 display which is the same as the first generation iPad and iPad 2. However, the new device will have a higher pixel density due to the reduced screen size. Interestingly, it was reported that the iPhone 5 had gone into mass production around 3 weeks prior to its eventual announcement, so this report could be pretty accurate.
An event to launch the new iPad mini is expected to take place in October, with recent rumors suggesting that Apple would be issuing media invitations for the event on October 10, pegging a possible date for the launch as October 17.