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Apple pinging OEMs for display screens for iPad mini

Apple to bring out its latest lineup of the mini iPad tablet in the later part of the year.

According to news from Taiwan’s Liberty Times, it was known that Apple will introduce its new iPad mini in the latter half of the year.

This market rumors are also backed by a report from Japanese securities firm Macquarie. It was also known that iPad mini will be on its way by the end of the third quarter and they aim at reaching a staggering 6 million units. Last month a Chinese online portal Netease gave us this same number.

Apple has also decided to provide the tablet’s LCD panel to LG and Au Optronics. Both the companies have now started shipping the panels for actual production of the mini iPads.

Giving out the details by the Japanese blog site Macotakara, TPK Holding will produce 4 million backlight modules, while Chimei Innolux will provide an additional of 2 million of the same. The production of tablet’s touch film sensor has gone to Nissha Printing.

We can expect the price of this mini tablets to be around US$200, while Netease will put a price tag in the range of US$249 to US$299. One of the features of this tablet will be its 8GB storage memory.

Apple continued its domination in the tablet market share but got a bit of competition from Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire Android tablets. It saw a bit decline but still has a share of 61% in the market.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-05-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)