As excitement surrounding the launch of an iPad Mini grows, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple isn't taking any chances when it comes to supplies: component manufacturers have told the newspaper that it's ordered a staggering 10 million units for delivery in the fourth quarter.

To put that in perspective, the suppliers have pointed out that the figure is roughly double that placed by Amazon for the Kindle Fire this time last year. Looks like plenty of stockings could be home to an iOS tablet over the holidays.

The report doesn't offer up any more information, but there are some details of which we're quietly confident: you can probably expect a 7.85-inch display that's not quite retina and the same guts as the iPad 2. One big questions remains, though: just how much will it cost?

The current best-guess is that Apple will announce the new tablet mid-October, so we probably don't have to wait long before we find out. [WSJ]