When it comes to rumors, Digitimes is one of the largest sources for electronic product rumors. They don’t have the best track record, but during the recent of times they’ve been rumoring a “iPad Mini”. The iPad mini would sport a 7.85″ screen, trying to compete with the Kindle fire. Apple would be looking at a release later this year, possibly near the beginning of fall. Digitimes most recent report comes from a Taiwanese newspaper who has outlined Apples supply chain.
The report is claiming Apple will be using Pegatron to assemble the 7.85″ tablet. Most of Apples products are assembled by Foxxconn, so its odd they are switching from their main business partner. Pegatron does have a good-standing relationship with Apple though. It was reported that Pegatron has done some work with the iPhone and iPad 3 at times.
The iPad Mini is claimed to use a LG Display and AU Optronics as components in the iPad. This means Apple would be working with three companies to create the iPad mini. This seems to fit right in line with what the Wall Street Journal claimed last month.
This wasn’t the only time a smaller sized tablet was mentioned. Around a year ago when the possibility was mentioned, Steve Jobs wasn’t at all in-opt with this idea. Steve actually was against tablets prior to the iPad, proving that times change. This smaller sized iPad would make sense, especially with the Kindle fire. Apple would finally get the chance to have a tablet with below an affordable price tag compared to the Kindle fires.
Would you be interested in buying an ‘iPad Mini’?