LG And Au Optronics To Manufacture The 7.85-inch iPad Mini Display


17.05.2012

LG And Au Optronics To Manufacture The 7.85-inch iPad Mini Display

After the Samsung Galaxy S3 was officially launched and all the rumors were ditched and now the international press have started to talk about the future Apple products. After we’ve found out that the new iPhone 5 will come with a 4+ inch display and that it will be unveiled in October, now it’s time to see the latest rumors about the affordable iPad Mini.

The tablet market is currently dominated by the Apple’s iPad tablet, but the Android slates are coming from behind and the analysts say that by 2016 the tablets powered by Google’s platform will have a market share of 60%. So, Apple has to do something in order to withstand the heavy competition coming from their rivals and rumor has it that the Cupertino-based company is preparing a 7.85-inch iPad Mini that will be priced around $250.

Sources coming from Asia reported that LG and Au Optronics have been chosen by apple to manufacture the 7.85-inch displays of the iPad Mini and that both companies are getting ready to start the production of the panels, which will be most likely delivered to Foxconn factories. Same sources said that the new affordable iPad will be released in the second half of 2012, thus we might see its debut synchronized with the one of the next generation iPhone, unofficially dubbed iPhone 5.

Rumor has it that Apple is getting ready to post an order for 6 million iPad Mini units, that will be shipped in the US for the market debut of the affordable tablet. Of course, the rumors weren’t confirmed yet, but the speculations launch of a smaller iPad have circled around for a couple of years, and this year have brought more iPad Mini rumors than ever, which might be a sign that Apple has some serious plans for this market segment.

Amazon have proven that the public is judging a tablet by its price, as their $200 Kindle Fire quickly became a sales hit. On the other hand, the public’s attention was drawn by an alleged 7.0-inch Google Nexus tablet that will come with a price tag of $150.

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