iPad Mini: More revelations

iPad Mini: More revelations

These rumours of a new, smaller and cheaper iPad are gathering momentum - and now we're even hearing details of who is going to be supplying the screens.

According to Taiwan's Liberty Times (via 9to5 Mac), LG and AU Optronics have been certified to supply an LCD panel for the device, measuring 7.85-inches. Shipping has been set for the second half of this year.

Now that technically means that the iPad Mini (which we assume it'll be called) could be landing any time after the end of next week. However, the wider assumption is that the unit will be launched in October at the same time, we expect, as the iPhone 5.

More info from Taiwain: the paper reckons 6 million LCDs will be used and TPK Holdings will make around 4 million backlit modules with the remaining 2 million sourced from Chemi Innoluz. Nissha Printing will be the sole provider of the touch film sensor.

If true, it means that the Kindle Fire has some serious competition in the smaller tablet arena and that Apple is definitely moving into an area Steve Jobs had said it wanted nothing to do with. No details have been released yet (and probably won't for a good while) but expect it to be sold at the bargain basement price of around £200.

Perfect for Christmas!

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8 comments

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2012 at 09:35

7.8''? Hm... I wouldn't mind. And a 13incher for balance.

Pondlife  May. 18, 2012 at 11:38

So just further rumours rather than revelations.
Oh and 2nd half of the year would be beginning of July not June, so wouldn't be any time after the end of next week.

krogothnx  May. 18, 2012 at 11:49

I'd be amused to see this device's name go the other way, and be an iTouch Pro or something.

Pondlife  May. 18, 2012 at 12:10

ipad mini makes it sound even more like sanitary towel, but can't see them making it Touch related.

barrybarryk  May. 18, 2012 at 14:30

Probably worth noting that there's a new kindle fire and touch on the way before this year is over too

Pondlife  May. 18, 2012 at 14:35

Probably not over here before next year though if ever for the Fire

barrybarryk  May. 18, 2012 at 14:45

You might be right there but maybe they'll not neglect us this time.

Pondlife  May. 18, 2012 at 14:56

Took them more than 6 months to bring the kindle touch over here, just before the lit ones launch elsewhere no doubt.
The Fire needs more than just the hardware though.

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