The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Cupertino tech company has ordered more than 10 million units be produced for the upcoming shopping season. The report cites unnamed Apple suppliers as its sources.
If Apple has indeed ordered that many units, it would be roughly more than twice the amount of Kindle Fire tablets that Amazon.com ordered for the same time period, according to the report.
The rumored iPad mini is expected to be announced later this month. A report last week said invites for an announcement event are expected to go out Wednesday.
The iPad mini is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen and have a coated aluminum backing. The rumored tablet is expected to more closely resemble the iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch than the existing 9.7-inch iPad.
If Apple introduces the iPad mini it will face off against the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon.com 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, the top two 7-inch tablets already available.
Various recent reports have said factories in Asia as well as Brazil have begun production on the unconfirmed Apple device. Now it's just a matter of Apple making the device official.