Bloomberg recently claimed Apple is preparing to launch a smaller form factor iPad, which many tech bloggers are naming the “iPad Mini.” It appears, that now The Wall Street Journal is lending their own weight to the claim. The WSJ report cites an Apple component supplier in Asia saying Apple is making the the necessary arrangements with the component suppliers for the smaller tablet’s mass production.
Officials at the component suppliers, who declined to be named, said this week that Apple has told them to prepare for mass production of the smaller tablet.
Two of the people said that the tablet’s screen will likely be smaller than eight inches. The iPad’s screen measures 9.7 inches, unchanged since the first model was released in 2010.
Apple could be using IGZO LCD panels from Sharp, which many believe to have better screen quality and provides a thinner design than traditional LCD screens. WSJ’s sources say that Apple will be using LG Display and AU Optronics to supply the iPad smaller displays for the device.
Many have dismissed claims of Apple iPad Minis as speculation, but these recent reports from WSJ and Bloomberg suggestthe rumors might be accurate after all.