(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Apple is moving ahead with plans to release a slimmed down version of its popular iPad tablet this fall.
Following a report last week that production on the device had begun with Asian manufacturers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that suppliers in the area had accounted for over ten million units ordered thus far.
The smaller tablet is widely expected to feature a 7.85 inch display with screens produced from LG and AU Optronics.
Apple, meanwhile, appears to be placing its bets on the device’s success. The Journal’s report noted that the preorders significantly outweigh ones made by competitor Amazon for the company’s new Kindle Fire tablet. In fact, the supply orders apparently double the ones made from Amazon.
The popular maker of the Mac computer line released its first iPad in 2010. Since then, follow up releases have stuck with a 9.7 inch screen. A smaller iPad would break that standard and help Apple compete with other low end tablets from companies including Amazon and Google.