DigiTimes claims that Apple has postponed the launch of their tablet device. The rumored deadline of early 2010 has supposedly been pushed back to the second half of 2010. The reason given for the release getting pushed back is due to significant changes to the display components. But, this is what makes me question the rumor:
The sources also indicated that in addition to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are expected to be manufacturing partners for Apple’s two tablet PC models – one of which will have a 10.6-inch TFT LCD panel while the other will have a 9.7-inch OLED panel. However, the sources did not explain how production for the two models would be split between the three makers.
I’ve always taken DigiTimes’ rumors with a grain of salt but when they claim that Apple is going to have two different sized tablets whose display sizes are only one inch apart, I have to throw the whole report out the window.
It’s not crazy to think that Apple has ordered both display sizes but to assume that both of them will make it to market is just dumb.
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