A new publication by DigiTimes claims that according to a new report by Taiwan’s United Evening News, Apple has already placed an order with AU Optronics (AUO) for production of 7.85-inch panels for its iPad-mini which is expected to be introduced in the third quarter of 2012. The report further notes that Apple will be utilizing Pegatron as its assembler for the device instead of its main partner Foxconn for the iPad-mini project, while LG Display will be responsible for almost 75% of its smaller display production.
Quoting from the source:
Apple will also purchase 7.85-inch panels from LG Display but exclude Samsung Electronic from the supplier list, the paper indicated.
Backlit unit (BLU) maker Forhouse, an associate company of AUO, is also expected to enter the supply chain of the 7.85-inch iPads along side with AUO’s flat panels, the paper added.
Additionally, Apple reportedly plans to outsource the production of the 7.85-inch iPads to Pegatron Technology, instead of Foxconn Electronics, which has been the largest OEM for the iPad lineup, said the paper.
We’re not sure if there will ever be an iPad-mini for real but we can be pretty sure that there’s a full-sized iPad 3 launching in just over 2 days from now!
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