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Apple Inc is reportedly cutting down on iPad Mini shipments for the second quarter of the year, according to a new report

The Digitimes citing an insider reported that the Cupertino-based firm has cut down the shipment of 10-12 million iPad Mini units in the second quarter, and the company will bring it down to 10 million units throughout this year.

"The decrease may be as high as 20% on month during April, the sources noted, and may continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter to bring total shipments of the iPad mini to as low as 10 million units during the quarter," reported Digitimes.

It was said that the cutting down on shipments is Apple move to pave the way for the next generation iPad mini.

Apple's next iPad mini is expected to be launched in April. Earlier rumours suggested that the device will come with a 7.9-inch screen and an iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording.

Apple is yet to confirm the details regarding the specs and launch of the next-generation iPad mini. Paul Semenza, an analyst at DisplaySearch, earlier said that the Retina version of iPad mini production could begin in the third quarter of 2013.

"Estimates about the timing for a Retina version of the iPad Mini have been all over the map, though recent guesswork from a financial analyst also claimed the "iPad Mini 2" could land in the third quarter," CNET noted.