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Apple tablet pushed to winter due to glass issue?

updated 08:15 am EST, Mon December 28, 2009

Innolux said toughening 10-inch Apple tablet

At least one heavily rumored Apple tablet was moved to early 2010 to accommodate a glass panel issue, industry tipsters claimed Monday. Parts suppliers now say Taiwan's Innolux is providing 10-inch panels to Apple but that the release was moved to its supposed early 2010 release date to toughen the glass. Foxconn division G-Tech Optoelectronics, as well as Wah Hong Industrial, are said by DigiTimes to have been contracted to provide toughening material and film to protect the larger screen.

Shipping schedules allegedly back talk of the finished product shipping in March or no later than April. Most expectations, though unofficial, have Apple introducing the tablet sometime in January but not yet being ready to ship production hardware, though at least one casts this latest story into doubt as it has insisted Apple is unveiling a 7-inch tablet next month.

At the same time, a partly contradictory rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily also suggests Apple may be holding back at least one tablet device for the summer. The newspaper cites unnamed sources which maintain that Cheng Uei Precision is supplying connectors for an "Apple tablet PC" and would only start shipping in the third quarter. Apple is believed to represent about a quarter of Cheng Uei's business.

While neither release window or even the tablet itself are official, Apple has historically reserved the summer for iPhone updates and saved introductions of major new products for the start of the year.



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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +7

    I'd swear that these rumors are being

    pushed around merely to manipulate Apple's stock price. So, then what is the Yerba Buena Center event all about. They'll hold the event, but just release the product later or does this rumored 10-inch panel device have nothing to do with the rumored 7-inch panel device? These rumors will do nothing but fluctuate the stock up and down. Apparently this rumor is made to drop Apple stock about $5 today in a planned move. It's rather pathetic. I can't recall a company that is mired so much in rumors as Apple

  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    +2

    Glass??

    Apple has been working with glass for a LONG TIME. To suggest that an entire product is now being halted because of a glass issue, is pure fantasy.

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000

    +4

    Glass

    Comparing it to the iPhone isn't quite appropriate because of the size difference. And I don't seem to recall any other Apple products where there's a wide expanse of exposed glass mounted on a thin device that's meant to be carried along with you pretty much anywhere. The possibility of flex is much greater in a device about the size of a steno book compared to an iPhone. You also don't want it to end up weighing too much which is possible if they stuck with the same thickness of glass as the iPhone. So now you're facing a much larger piece of glass that possibly has to be thinner and you end up with a more fragile product. Seems entirely possible to me.

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