Report says Apple to launch 7-inch iPad by Christmas

Taiwanese component makers have won orders for Apple's iPad 2, newspapers say

Apple is readying another tablet similar to the iPad but with a 7-inch touchscreen for launch as early as the end of this year, according to a major Taiwanese newspaper.

This is the second report of an iPad 2 sighting in Taiwan, and it comes from the island's Chinese-language Economic Daily News financial newspaper, which was among the first to correctly report that Apple was making a tablet when other news sources said it would be a netbook. The launch of the original iPad proved the paper correct.

Taiwan's Digitimes newspaper last week reported that Taiwanese companies were starting to assemble a 7-inch iPad for Apple.

The Economic Daily reports that Taiwanese companies have won a number of component contracts for the iPad 2. Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD screens, which use the same IPS (in-plane switching) technology found in the original iPad, which improves viewing angles and color on LCD screens. Touchscreen technology for the screens will come from Cando Corporation, the report says.

Apple has also tapped Compal Electronics, one of the world's largest contract laptop computer makers, to assemble the new iPad, the report says.

The companies named in the Economic Daily report declined to comment. Contract manufacturers and component makers normally do not reveal what products they're working on because failure to maintain secrecy can cause them to miss out on future contracts.

Tags Cando CorporationChimei Innolux CorporationAppleapple ipadCompal ElectronicsiPad

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Dan Nystedt

IDG News Service

5 Comments

Dante

1

Hopefully this time they decide to make the second generation worth buying instead of making me wait 3 years before I even want to buy the product. The iPhone is only now worth me buying with the 4th gen (although the 3GS was very close), the ipods took about 4 gens to be worthwhile and now they are ridiculous (who needs an Hd camera on their ipod? I think the 8gb 2nd gen nano was the best they have made).

Anyway, screw Apple the sneaky company who makes a crappy first product and lets the fanboys pay for the next gens being worthwhile.

jason

2

NOOOO dont shrink the screen any smaller!!!! And here was me hoping the ipad 2.0 was going to be better :(

Ron

3

Well, 7.00 inch is perfect as galaxy s tab prove that , but apart from every thing why would I buy I pad 2 , there is no flash support

takaya

4

skyfire has flash support and is now available in the official app store!

ios users that have jailbroken idevices could have been using frash which implements flash support for some time also =]

ipad iphone or ipod

Seth Jones

5

Nooooooo, I do not want a smaller screen !

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