The 7 inch capacitive touchscreen Apple iPad rumors are gettin some weightage.There were rumors from the few weeks of Apple coming with a smaller and a thinner version of iPad set for release between the end of 2010 or early 2011.DigiTimes also reported that the device would be making a jump to the Cortex A9 processor core, 512MB of RAM (double that of the iPad) like the iPhone 4, and a 1,024 x 768 pixel IPS panel — the same resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad giving the new model a better pixel density.It will also be lighter than the iPad, and should weigh around 500 gms.
Now According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News saying that Chi Mei will join LG in supplying the new 7-inch IPS panels with AUO joining Sintek to provide the digitizer. EDN also claims that either Compal or Pegatron may join Foxconn in the assembly. Remember, even with hints of a new iPad model in Apple’s own code this is all just rumor for now.According to the source, a number of Taiwanese vendors have won the contract to manufacture the long anticipated iPad 2.
One of them is Chimei Innolux, a famous LCD manufacturer that will be supplying the 7-inch LCD panels utilizing IPS (in-plane switching) with significant color and viewing angle improvement. At the same time, its capacitive touch sensitive display layer will be provided by AU Optronics, making it a complete touch panel solution for the next generation tablet. If you wonder whether Foxconn (Hon Hai) will still be its contract manufacturer to assembly the end product, but surprisingly the Cupertino based company seems to outsource it to different vendors, Compal, a famous e-book and tablet PC maker in Taiwan.
While there is still a lot of unfinalized details, but preliminary specifications indicated that the next generation iPad will be much lighter with merely 1.1 pounds (versus 1.5 pounds for existing model) thanks to its smaller panel at diagonal 7-inch as compared to 9.7-inch for current iPad.No exact pricing and mention of availability yet.