By Stephen Schenck | May 17, 2012 11:06 AM
There’s been no shortage of rumors when it comes to the to the possibility that Apple will release an iPad mini, of sorts, with a screen in the seven-inch range. Most recently some of those claims looked to the idea that Apple could be trying to position the tablet with an absolute rock-bottom price, potentially going as low as $200 in an attempt to steal market share from budget-priced Androids. Today, the rumors look to the actual manufacturing of these supposed devices.
Back in March, there were similar rumors about iPad mini manufacturing and Apple’s supply chain, but today’s claims are a bit different. For one, they’re not sourced to the occasionally unreliable DigiTimes, coming from Taiwan’s Liberty Times, instead. They’re also quite a bit more specific, naming suppliers involved in the undertaking.
According to the paper’s industry sources, AU Optronics, LG Display, Radiant, and others have been preparing their pieces of the tablet’s screen assembly. As these panels join their backlights and other components, they’ll supposedly be hooking up with the rest of Apple’s hardware in time for the tablet to ship near the end of Q3 or in early Q4.