It seems news of iPad mini is increasing day by day, many news agencies and web sites were claiming news of iPad mini from industry and other sources. Now NYT has reported that they had got news from one industry source and from an engineer who had worked on prototype of this smaller version of iPad.
As per reports Apple has made prototype of smaller iPad much before the launch of iPad in 2010, Report say that Apple will introduce iPad Mini with display size of 7.85 inch later this year.
It seems the strategy of Apple as they had adopted with iPod business, first they had introduced big screen iPod but later one the had made it small and introduced iPad Nano, Shuffle and so on.
At this time Apple is having is having iPod and iPhone with screen size of 3.5 inch ad iPad is having screen size of 9.7 so Apple wanna fill this big gap by introducing iPad Mini.