Sharp Corp, a supplier of screens for Apple’s iPad tablet, has slowed production of the 9.7 inch panes used for the full-sized iPads, according to a report by Reuters.
The news agency quotes industry sources with knowledge of Sharp’s production plans, who told it that Sharp’s iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has “fallen to the minimal level
Hours before Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) unveiled the iPad Mini today, The Wall Street Journal noted that Apple faces intense competition from Amazon Kindle and numerous Google Android tablets that have seven-inch screens. But The VAR Guy was shocked to see the Journal did not mention Microsoft’s Surface tablet, running Windows 8 or Windows RT, which launches later this week.
Reports from Taiwan are that Foxconn Electronics, one of Apple’s key suppliers, will be shipping around 500,000 iPad 2.0’s in February 2011. Given that Apple is shipping around 1 million iPads per month it looks like iPad 2 will suffer similar shipping backlogs to the first version of Apple’s “magical” tablet.
Based on initial sales reports and some tablet market flip flops, the few Android tablets that have hit the shelves so far seem to have crashed and burned. Early sales figures indicate that no Android tab is coming close to being the much-awaited Apple iPad alternative. But will time heal all? Does the Android tablet just need the same growing time that consumers gave the iPad?
That’s a wrap! After today’s press conference, many of you can’t wait to pre-order a brand new iPad mini or any of the other devices announced today.
The iPad has been updated with a fourth generation model. It now comes with Lightning, improved LTE connectivity and the A6X.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro now has a Retina brother.
Apple (AAPL) is said to be readying a new, fifth-generation, 9.7-inch iPad tablet for release this coming September, featuring a sleek, thinner bezel with more rounded edges, according to a report in AppleInsider citing supply chain sources talking to Taiwan’s IT industry publication DigiTimes.