Anonymous Samsung Executive Claims Apple Planning to Launch Smaller iPad by End of 2012

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In a report from The Korea Times (via SlashGear), an anonymous Samsung executive reveals that Apple has committed to purchase at least $9.7 billion worth of components from the company this year, with Apple's expenditures potentially reaching $11 billion depending on demand. According to the executive, growth will be driven in part by the new iPad, as well as more MacBook Air units utilizing Samsung solid-state drives and a smaller iPad.
''The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung's faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,'' the official said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed with Samsung Electronics Chief Operating Officer (COO) Lee Jay-yong to use the Korean firm's components until the end of 2014 during Lee's visit to his office in Cupertino, Calif., late last year.
Apple reportedly contracted for $7.8 billion in components from Samsung in 2011, with the numbers for this year revealing yet another substantial increase as Apple's device shipments continue to rise.

The report also quotes a source who claims that Samsung will be providing new PLS-based LCDs for the smaller iPad, while Apple has also expressed interest in OLED technology. The source claims that Apple would like to use OLED and that Samsung is committed to bringing the technology to iOS devices, but that Apple does not currently see a way for Samsung to produce the required screens at necessary levels.

Reports of a 7.85-inch "iPad mini" have been circulating for some time, and it seems reasonable to conclude that Apple has at least been toying with the concept. There has yet to be any firm evidence, however, that the company is seeking to move forward toward a public release.

Article Link: Anonymous Samsung Executive Claims Apple Planning to Launch Smaller iPad by End of 2012
 

MacinDoc

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Apple is going to be furious about this leak. I remember a similar leak that cost a certain graphics card manufacturer the contract for supplying the graphics cards for MacBook Pros and iMacs.
 

croooow

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A smaller iPad? Wow, what a unique rumor. I have never read anything like that before!:eek:
 

Menge

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It's funny: Samsung, one of Apple's greatest tablet competitors, is claiming Apple is following in Samsung's footsteps!

Sounds like they want us to buy Samsung tablets now, since they're the iPad of the future... :D
 

thekeyring

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The size is unlikely, and OLED is just not Apple. They've actually spoken against it I believe.

As for "iPad mini" - Am I the only one who hates this as a name? Even if Apple do release a smaller iPad?
 

Dicx

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Remote for the new TV, which if does happen, now jumps into the premium price category. Like it wasn't going to anyways.
 

ARM1968

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Big controller for the iTV? There is a market for an iPad mini and if it comes out then Steve almost definitely agreed it. Guess time will tell!
 

JGowan

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Personally I think Apple should do it. I feel that, for adults, the current size is perfect -- however, for kids, the size would be better for smaller hands.

The iPod touch is now getting a little long in the tooth and I think this would also fill in those sales that have started to wain and will continue to as time goes by.
 

Ryth

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Remote for the new TV, which if does happen, now jumps into the premium price category. Like it wasn't going to anyways.
Agreed...was going to post the same thing...

It's going to be the interface/controller/remote for the new Apple TV.
 
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