“A new report claims Apple is lining up suppliers for a 7.85-inch iPad, and that the company recently inked a deal with AU Optronics to provide displays for the rumored device,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.
“Monday’s report from the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (via Google Translate) is the third in five days to claim that Apple is planning to release a so-called ‘iPad mini’ in the third quarter of this year. On Saturday, a leaked document from Samsung Securities indicated Apple planned to release a ‘new 7-inch product’ later this year,” Oliver reports. “And last week, DigiTimes also claimed that Apple will begin production of a 7.85-inch iPad in the third quarter of 2012. It was said the device could be priced between $249 and $299.”
Oliver reports, “Monday’s report sided with on screen size, saying the 7.85-inch panels will be supplied by AU Optronics as well as LG Display. Apple will, however, exclude its rival Samsung from supplying displays, the report claimed.”
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