Saturday, August 04, 2012

Apple's iPad Mini may be launching soon

Production of the 7.85-inch display that is expected to be used for the smaller iPad will start in August, says NPD DisplaySearch.

The gears could start to turn as early as this month for the production of a smaller iPad

Production of the 7.85-inch display slated for use on a smaller version of the iPad should begin in August, an analyst told CNET.

"We expect panel production to start in August, with production ramping up to high volumes (more than a million units per month) in the fourth quarter," said Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, in response to an e-mail query.

Semenza said this is DisplaySearch's "understanding of the activity for the 7.85 [inch] panel expected to be used in the iPad Mini."

If this production schedule plays out, it could indicate a late 2012 launch, he said.

Recent reports say the so-called iPad Mini will launch in September.

While the downsized iPad is being characterized as a 7-inch tablet like the Google Nexus 7, a screen size falling between 7 and 8 inches--such as 7.85 inches--would likely make the Apple tablet closer to the larger 8.2-inch Motorola Xyboard.

No solid word yet on pricing, though a report claimed it "is likely to sell for significantly less than the latest US$499 iPad."

Whatever the exact price is, it's safe to say that the US$199 Google Nexus 7 would be seen as a direct competitor to a smaller iPad.

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