According to the prestigious publication The Wall Street Journal, LG Display and AU Optronics have started mass production of screens for the mini-version of the iPad tablet. This information came from eastern suppliers of components for electronic devices. They claim that the size of the display of the novelty, called iPad mini or iPad Air, is 7.85 inches.
Naturally, the smaller iPad's display will not have the 2048 x 1536 resolution that is used in the latest generation iPad, but 1024 x 768 pixels.
According to the description of eyewitnesses, the expected novelty will be something in between the touchscreen iPod touch and the older brother of the iPad 3. The thickness of the case will be about 8 mm, the weight is about 270 g.
According to reports, the cost of a mini-tablet will not exceed $ 200-250, which will give Apple the opportunity to present a worthy competitor to Google, Amazon and other manufacturers producing Android devices in the same price range.
The WSJ source claims that AU Optronics and LG Display began shipping parts in September.
According to preliminary data of analysts, in 2012 it is planned to sell about 117 million tablets. Of these, 60% will be various iPad modifications, and 35% will be tablets equipped with Android.
Most likely, it was the serious intentions of Barnes & Noble and Amazon in promoting their tablet devices that led to the release of a smaller analog of the iPad, even despite Steve Jobs's negative attitude towards 7 "tablets. However, by the forces of competitors, such devices have become very popular and in demand. After all, the smaller size than the ten-inch sibling provides some advantages.
Summing up, we can confidently say that the Fortune edition spoke the truth and the iPad mini presentation will take place on October 17th.