“Suppliers for Apple Inc’s new tablet computer have begun shipping touchscreen panels and will start delivering aluminum casings for it next month, sources said, implying a second-quarter product launch,” Kelvin Soh reports for Reuters.
“AVY Precision Technology Inc, a Taiwanese manufacturer of covers for electronic products, will begin production of the cases in February, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday,” Soh reports. “TPK Solutions, an unlisted touch screen panel maker also based in Taiwan will also supply panels for the product, a third source said, on top of those already being manufactured by another Taiwan company, Wintek Corp.”
Soh reports, “‘Production of the cases will begin in February, so everything points to a second-quarter launch right now,’ said one of the sources. ‘It doesn’t take that long for the company to assemble the PC together, but a second-quarter shipment date is what we’re looking at now.'”
Soh reports, “The sources declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Apple’s spokesman would not comment. Officials at AVY and TPK also declined to comment.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Are you sure Apple’s spokesman wouldn’t comment? Ask him again, Kelvin.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]