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.
- Source Bloomberg