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.