A Barclays (NYSE:BCS) analyst recently revealed that the seven-inch iPad mini may already be on its way to the market. According to Ben Reitzes, an analyst with Barclays revealed through a research note that the global research team of the company has seen indications that the iPad mini may already be in the supply chain as the company is confident that the seven-inch version of the iPad will be included in the lineup of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Reitzes added that the company will not be surprised if the iPad mini will become one of the entries in the iPod Touch category of the company if it will be released into the market.
However the company has not included the iPad mini in its sales forecast due to come uncertainty on the release of the iPad mini although Apple sales have continued to be strong due to its current iPad offering. Sales of the iPad will remain solid in the upcoming quarters even as the next iPhone is set to be released soon.
Sales of the iPhone went down in September following anticipation among consumers for the iPhone 4S which was unveiled last October. Reitzes also indicated that PC sales will continue to decrease due to the iPad and it may not be necessary for Apple to release a hybrid version of the MacBook since users of the iPad will continue to use a detachable keyboard for their devices.
Reports of the iPad mini have emerged earlier following the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire in the market. These reports concentrated mainly on a smaller version of the iPad. Another report also speculated on the possibility that the iPad mini will be released into the market by August of this year.
However Apple has taken its usual stance of not giving any statements on the reports about the supposed iPad mini. For the moment no other information was released in connection to these reports.