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garyopa
02-14-2012, 10:30 AM
Agreements with suppliers revealed the thing.

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The new iPad could be the Apple's answer to Kindle Fire and other cheaper tablets.

Wall Street Journal reported today that some Asian suppliers are working with Apple to produce a new smaller iPad (The so called and rumored iPad mini). This could be the Apple response to customers who demand a lower priced and smaller tablet and to compete with all the medium range tablets out there like the Kindle Fire.



Officials at some of Apple's suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around 8-inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it. Apple's latest tablet, the iPad 2, comes with a 9.7-inch screen. It was launched late last year.

One person said the smaller device will have a similar resolution screen as the iPad 2. Apple is working with screen makers including Taiwan-based AU Optronics Co. and LG Display Co. of South Korea to supply the test panels, the person said.


But don't get too excited, this doesn't mean that Apple will release such an iPad. The company is known for dropping projects that they considered not acceptable for production. Only time will say.

NEWS SOURCE: 8-inch iPad rumors (via) Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204795304577222354104574994.html)

Our thanks to 'Kaos2K' for this news posting!