I confess I pretty much dismissed recent reports that Apple was planning on bringing out a 7-inch iPad by Christmas, but now MacWorld is reporting the news again, and it does make you start to wonder if maybe there’s a little more substance to the story. According to MacWorld, reputable Taiwanese financial newspaper, the Chinese-language Economic News Daily, is insisting that Apple is in fact preparing to release a smaller iPad with a 7-inch screen by the end of 2010.
Adding further fuel to the fire is the fact that the Economic News Daily has a good track record when it comes to Apple scoops, as according to MacWorld it was one of the first sources to break the news that Apple was working on a project that would eventually prove to be the iPad. It also makes sense that Taiwanese sources would have inside knowledge on the device, as according to the Economic News Daily, the “iPad 2”, as MacWorld calls it, is being assembled largely in Taiwan, with Taiwanese company Chimei Innolux making the 7-inch screens, using the IPS technology from the current iPad. The paper also says that two other Taiwanese firms, Cando Corporation and Compal Electronics, are also working on the tablet’s components.
As usual, none of the companies mentioned in the article would comment on the story, but that’s par for the course. Meanwhile, in unrelated yet ironic other news, I just tried to check out a preview to MacWorld’s “Complete Guide to the iPad” on their site, and it wouldn’t work because it required Flash to run!