As stated by the authoritative edition of The Wall Street Journal, LG Display and AU Optronics have started mass production for small form of the iPad tablet screens. The information was obtained from Asian components suppliers for electronic devices.
Providers reported that the size of the new items display, called the iPad mini or iPad Air, with a small 7.85-inch LCD screen. Naturally, this is not the Retina resolution 2048 × 1536 pixels (264 pixels per inch) panels, which is equipped with the third-generation iPad. Resolution devices – traditional 1024 × 768 pixels.
According to observers, a mini-version of the Apple tablet will apparently be a cross between an older brother and a touch of the iPod touch player. The housing around thickness will be 7.6 mm.
Price on the iPad mini, presumably, will not exceed $200 – $250. This would allow Apple to compete with Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7 and other manufacturers offering Android tablets in the appropriate price range.
WSJ sources claim that the production of LG Display and AU Optronics components began last month. According to forecasts, sales of tablets in 2012 could reach 117 million units. In this case, the various modifications of the iPad have about 60%, on a device running Android, about 35%.
Thus, it can be considered confirmed and Fortune information that iPad mini presentation will be held on October 17.