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.