Design studio ipad is planning to start printing out tablet devices next year.
Its CEO, Paul O’Connell, said he hoped to launch an iPad mini tablet in the next 12 months.
He said the company had a range of designs to choose from and would be looking to commercialise them, but declined to say how much it would charge.
The company, which is based in Belfast, has designed a range on the iPad Mini, including one that uses a tablet as a keyboard.
The company has also been developing a version of the iPad for the iPad mini, but only a prototype has been shown to date.
The iPad Mini uses a touchscreen that is very similar to that of the iPhone, which means its the perfect size for a tablet, but with a smaller footprint.
It has an overall size of 1.2cm x 0.8cm x 1.4cm, and weighs 2.7 grams.
The design team are looking to use the iPad as a stylus, and the tablet could have a 3D Touch interface that can be used for drawing.
O’Connell said the iPad was a “natural fit” for tablet manufacturers as it is not only a cheaper tablet, it is also easier to design for.
“I think there is a lot of demand for a cheaper iPad and this is a way of creating the right tablet that fits into the world of tablets,” he said.
The launch of an iPad in Ireland would be welcomed by the iPad-maker’s Irish unit, which has been running in a separate factory since March last year.
“We are very happy to see that the iPad is coming to Ireland,” said John Walsh, chief executive of The Irish Paper Group.
“The iPad is a really well-loved product and the success of the tablet is something that we see happening with the tablet in Ireland,” he added.
The first iPad mini was unveiled in January.