Apple orders 10M iPad Minis for Fourth Quarter

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Apple’s apparently ordered more iPad Minis than manufacturer’s received orders for the Kindle Fire.  This looks like anything but a fire sale!

Component makers in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million of the much-rumored but as yet unannounced tablet in the fourth quarter, sources in the supply chain tell The Wall Street Journal. That target is roughly twice what Amazon reportedly ordered for the Kindle Fire for the same quarter.

While Apple has declined to comment, iPad Mini rumors have been swirling for months. According to those rumors, the device will feature a 7.85-inch display and go on sale for a price that’s far cheaper than Apple’s current, larger tablet.

China’s New Military Build-Up

China has had a busy few months of announcements.  It’s military build-up grew by more than 13% year-over-year and its technology and posturing has been a major threat to its neighbors.

Some of its latest innovations:

  • China unveiled its first stealth jet
  • Reached the early operating phase of a “carrier-killer” missile, the first-ever capable of targeting our carriers under way from a long distance
  • Sea-tested its first-ever aircraft carrier capable of delivering their new missiles

“There’s nothing particularly magical about any one particular item,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Michael Schiffer told reporters in a Wednesday briefing.

China’s initial military intent seems to be regional. ”China has made less progress on capabilities that extend global reach or power projection,” the report, released Wednesday, reads. “Outside of peacetime counter-piracy missions, for example, China’s Navy has little operational experience beyond regional waters.”

“Although this alone is a serious concern,” the report says, “the accesses and skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks.” It carefully parses Chinese official writings to highlight a growing importance of cyber — far more than the 2010 version did.

“It’s no secret that cyber is a realm where deeper engagement between the United States and China — so that we can work on common rules of the road and a common way forward — is necessary,” Schiffer said.