Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch has told CNET that production of the 7.85″ display slated for use on iPad Mini should begin in August. If the production schedule plays out, it could indicate a late 2012 launch, he said. Recent reports have also suggested that so-called iPad Mini will launch in September alongside the new iPhone at a special Apple event.
According to the source:
“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.”
The source also points out that 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 would likely make the Apple tablet closer to the larger 8.2-inch Motorola Xyboard.
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