'iPad mini' to be ultra-thin thanks to new touch technology

Apple iPad Mini Rumors

Apple’s much rumored “iPad mini” will reportedly utilize new touch panel technology that allows the device to be thinner than previous models while also managing to cut Apple’s costs, likely a necessity if the company aims to hit the rumored $200-$250 price point. Citing anonymous industry sources, Digitimes on Tuesday reported that the Cupertino, California-based technology giant has contracted Nitto Denko to supply touch panels that utilize “G/F2″ thin-film technology. Nissha Printing and TPK Holding will reportedly build the touchscreens, which measure 7.85 inches diagonally. Digitimes adds that Apple is expected by its sources to ship between 7 million and 10 million iPad mini tablets in 2012. Earlier reports suggest that Apple’s new smaller iPad tablet will launch in October.

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