For months, trying to find any and all information about a forthcoming Apple tablet was more difficult than pulling teeth. Now that the arrival of such a device is all but a foregone conclusion, news leaks are revealing more and more info about the mysterious tablet on a surprisingly regular basis.
The news out of Taiwain today, in fact, reveals that Taiwanese panel maker Innolux is providing Apple with touch panels for the tablet. According to Digitimes, "sources from Apple's component suppliers" are cited. Contributing parties to the report suggest that Apple is eager to strengthen the glass of the 10-inch panel for the tablet, a factor that has apparently delayed the launch of the much-hyped device.
Foxconn's optical glass processing subsidiary G-Tech Optoelectronics will provide a glass strengthening process for the device, while Taiwan-based optical film maker Wah Hong Industrial has also reportedly landed component orders.
Apple is expected to announce the tablet PC in January of 2010 with mass shipments to start in March or April, based on analysis of the shipping schedules of Apple's upstream component partners. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the manufacturer of the tablet, the sources added.
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