According to Taiwanese news agency Economic Daily News, who said suppliers have sent Apple 7.85 inch LCD panels to play around with.
Two months later, almost to the exact day, DigiTimes said the iPad mini was definitely going to come to life, and that it would be out on the market by the fourth quarter of this year.
The Wall Street Journal files a report saying Apple’s suppliers have “shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around 8-inches”. Today we have yet another report about this elusive 7.85 inch iPad, again from DigiTimes, who says:
“Makers in Apple’s iPad supply chain have started delivering samples of 7.85-inch iPads for verification, with volume production likely to begin in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest.”
“The price of the 7.85-inch iPad is likely to be set at US$249-299, since Apple is also expected to release an 8GB iPad 2 for US$349-399, and has lowered the price of the 16GB iPad 2 to US$449, the sources noted.”