iPad mini a must??

I know there has been a lot of talk about these ipad minis, but I am not sure anyone ever seriously believed in them. I might be wrong, but i never really took those rumors seriously.

However, now with the Nexus 7, does Apple push to make that more affordable iPad? Sure they dont need to, they are doing fine obviously and will continue to be number one in the tablet game for awhile most likely, but what if they release a kindle fire/nexus 7 competitor. I believe this would really take off, and would really leave a serious issue for android in the tablet market.

just thoughts though, i could be crazy