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Display suppliers cast doubt on 7-inch iPad rumors

updated 11:15 pm EST, Wed December 15, 2010

Apple still expanding list of display vendors

Several sources in Apple's supply chain in Taiwan have cast doubt on rumors surrounding a seven-inch iPad, as the display vendors have yet to receive inquiries or orders from Apple for seven-inch touchscreen panels, according to a DigiTimes report.

Rumors of a seven-inch iPad have circulated since before the 9.7-inch model was formally introduced. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Apple developed a seven-inch variant alongside the current models, however CEO Steve Jobs recently argued that it would be "meaningless" to move down to the smaller size because of usability issues.

Despite the disagreement over the existence of a smaller iPad, the recent report suggests Apple has added two display vendors to the list of suppliers for the next iPad. The companies are expecting production volume of approximately six million units per moth, an increase of 50 percent over the current production numbers. The shipments are said to begin in January or February, following the introduction of a new model.




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  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Irony!

    Vendors and parts suppliers were, of course, the very same people quoted to *substantiate* the rumours of 7" iPads a few weeks/months ago ...

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Exposed

    Everytime one of these rumors gets started and fails, why isn't there some investigative journalism as to WHO the creeps are who do this? One thing about the web, there is virtually NO investigative journalism on anything except when that idiot got hold of an early iPhone in California and that investigation was done by police authorities. No HOPE for journalism on the web.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    @Bobfozz

    "No HOPE for journalism on the web. "

    Don't blame "the web". Rather, "no HOPE for journalism on macnn.com".

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