10/03/2012 08:24 am ET Updated Dec 03, 2012

Asia's Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Production On 'iPad Mini'

Apple Inc.'s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive against rivals such as Google Inc. GOOG -0.63% and Inc. AMZN -0.56% that are offering smaller, less-expensive alternatives to the iPad.

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