FORTUNE -- If Apple is indeed planning to unveil a purse-size version of the iPad on Oct. 17, as at least one rumor has it, we would expect to be hearing leaks to that effect from Apple's (AAPL) Asian supply chain.
As if on cue, the Wall Street Journal's Lorraine Luk, citing unnamed people "with knowledge of the situation," reported Wednesday that South Korea's LG Display and Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp. began mass production of the LCD screens for the new device in September -- just in time to deliver product in late October or early November.
According to two of Luk's sources, the smaller tablet will have a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than the third-generation iPad that came out in March. That tablet, like its two predecessors, has a 9.7-inch screen.
That would suggest an Oct. 17 unveiling with sales to begin in early November
FORTUNE -- This is a rumor we have no reason to believe except it comes from a major Apple (AAPL) investor who says he's heard it from "multiple sources."
According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2012 12:23 PM ET
Rethinking the key selling points of what we've been calling the iPad Mini
FORTUNE -- Daring Fireball's John Gruber, a blogger with unusually good sources at Apple (AAPL), has combined his own assumptions with what he's heard from his "little birdies" to draw the most complete picture yet of the purported iPad Mini.
"Mini" is what most Apple watchers -- including Wall Street analysts -- have been calling to the next iteration MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 15, 2012 7:20 AM ET
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