7.85-inch LCD screens ready for production for an iPad Mini?

7.85-inch LCD screens ready for production for an iPad Mini?
If you haven’t had enough of imaginary Apple products, now after the rumored 4-inch iPhone strikes another whisper about the elusive iPad Mini. This time, it comes from Taiwanese publication Liberty Times that cites its knowledgeable sources saying that LG and AU Optronics are now certified to ship an LCD panel for an upcoming iPad Mini. 

Not only that, both manufacturers have allegedly already started shipping the panels for production and the release is expected during the second half of 2012. Interestingly, the initial target for an upcoming iPad Mini isn’t as high as the one for the original iPad, and allegedly stands at an initial 6 million run.

Apple has already signed contracts about the other parts as well: TPK Holding is said to be making 4 million backlight modules and Chemi Innolux the remaining 2 million, while Nissha Printing will manufacture the touch film sensor.

Now, despite having all those numbers and alleged details, we can’t help but doubt rumors about an iPad with a smaller screen. Not just because Steve Jobs himself denounced such a product as bad, but also because of the way Apple has run its business so far. Namely, it didn’t release a cheaper, or a smaller version of the iPhone, to try and grab a maximum market share - instead it stayed focused and continued pumping out high-end iPhones only.

The reason why this time it might be different - some argue - is because of the Amazon Kindle Fire, and possible pressure in the low-end from a rumored Google Nexus tablet. So far, the Kindle Fire hasn’t really sold that much as to present a real threat to Apple, and this undermines such concerns.

Is Apple really going to release an iPad Mini? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

source: Macotakara

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19 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

"The Small iPad" ? ? Y A W N . . . . .

7. kayeeman566

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

bigger iphone !

2. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I don' feel that way cause Apple is still good with its Ipad sales which is still on top and if they do so ipod touch's market will suffer. But it is "Apple" you never know........

3. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Why would Apple suddenly start competing on price? They've always put a premium on their products. They might be making a mini tablet but don't expect it to be cheap.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"They've always put a premium on their products." I have many times saw a list of parts which were used in iPhone and there wasn't anything more premium than in other smartphones...

9. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

I'm not starting some debate, I don't even own any Apple products. All I'm saying is that they position themselves in the marketplace as premium products whether you agree or not. For them start offering "budget" products doesn't make any sense.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...they position themselves in the marketplace as premium products..." With this part I agree. But I also can say that they often position themselves undeservedly.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You don't understand how a free market works then.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Taco let's not point fingers about people not understanding things... You are king of idiot mountain.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I understand why they position themselves in the marketplace as premium products, but i just say that, they often position themselves undeservedly.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

If people are willing to pay the price then it's deserved. What company will charge less and make a smaller profit? That makes no sense

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, but when I'm saing that they often position themselves undeservedly I'm talking not only about a marketing. For example about merits.

11. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

LOL, seriously? The galaxy Tab 10.1 costs $499 and it's just as fast as the iPad 2, for $399 now...And you call that expensive? :)

4. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

"So far, the Kindle Fire hasn’t really sold that much as to present a real threat to Apple, and this undermines such concerns." Given the Kindle Fire has about 60% of the US Android Tablet Market I would say in fact it is a threat.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Is it really? Given how small the Android tablet market is, I'd doubt that Apple really feels threatened.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Kindle fire isn't even a real tablet

8. Iphone4 unregistered

It means iphone 5 with 3.5 inc

12. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

How many times do I have to say this. THERE WILL NOT BE AN IPAD MINI!!

19. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LET THE FRAGMENTATION BEGIN!!! I don't think all the developers are going to tweak their apps for all iDevices....

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