Bloomberg: iPad Mini To Launch This October With 7.85-Inch Display From LG

Bloomberg: iPad Mini To Launch This October With 7.85-Inch Display From LG

It’s looking increasingly likely the iPad mini will get its own launch event in October.

Sources for Bloomberg have corroborated recent iPad mini rumors by confirming that the device will launch this October with a 7.85-inch display supplied by AU Optronics and LG Display. This will be the first time AUO, which supplies displays for Apple’s MacBooks, will supply a display for one of the Cupertino company’s iOS devices.

Bloomberg cites four people familiar with Apple’s plans, who for obvious reasons have chosen not to be named. Its report also notes that TPK Holding and Yeh Cheng Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn, Apple’s assembler, will supply the lamination coating for the screen, which will not be a high-resolution Retina display.

The iPad mini is expected to take on smaller tablets from the likes of Samsung, Amazon, Google, and soon, Microsoft. Recent rumors have claimed that it will be priced between $250 and $300, making it a compelling alternative to devices like the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7, which are currently priced at $199.

While Apple’s device may be around $50 more expensive, it is expected that most consumers will be happy to pay this premium for a route into the iOS ecosystem.

Bloomberg’s report follows a similar story from AllThingsD on August 25, which also claimed the iPad mini will get its own launch event in October, as opposed to being unveiling alongside the iPhone 5 next month.

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  • Marc Negron

    Really disappointing. I hope it is a Retina screen. With apples push to retina displays. I’d be surprised they really make it “that much” of a budget ipad.

  • __a_b

    why not?

    choice is good

  • JeevesPreston

    How about an iPad Max, that’s maybe 13 or 15 inches… Would help my eye strain and be a giant step towards full desktop replacement…

  • joewaylo

    How about an iPad Max, that’s maybe 13 or 15 inches… Would help my eye strain and be a giant step towards full desktop replacement…

    That is if you want to hold a laptop in your hands. But you can also zoom in most applications or enable accessibilities.

    One other trick is to buy magnifier glasses.

  • Tallest_Skil
    why not?

    choice is good

    Bad choices aren’t.

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