WSJ: Apple Starting Production of Smaller iPad

Lorraine Luk, reporting for the WSJ (Google link to circumvent paywall):

Apple Inc.’s component suppliers in Asia are preparing for mass production in September of a tablet computer with a smaller screen than the iPad, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting a launch for the device is near. Two of the people said that the tablet’s screen will likely be smaller than eight inches. The iPad’s screen measures 9.7 inches, unchanged since the first model was released in 2010.

Officials at the component suppliers, who declined to be named, said this week that Apple has told them to prepare for mass production of the smaller tablet.

If true, it should be a 7.85-inch, 1024 × 768 display.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012