Apple will launch a 7in iPad in August, the next-generation iPhone will arrive in September, and a 10in iPad will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012.
That’s according to Digitimes, who reports that Pegatron, a manufacturer for Apple, claims to have received orders for the sixth-generation iPhone and larger iPad.
The report suggests that Pegatron has expanded its equipment and labour force in preparation for Apple’s orders.
Pegatron also claims to have received notebook orders from Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo and Fujitsu, alongside its orders from Apple.
Digitimes also suggests that another of Apple’s suppliers, Foxconn, is manufacturing a 7in iPad. This device will be launched in August.
However, rumours of a 7in iPad have been circulating for months now, with the latest reports suggesting that the tablet, dubbed the iPad mini, will be released later this year as a counter attack to upcoming Windows tablets. The reports also suggest that Foxconn and Pegatron could be working together to make the new tablet.
In April, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber claimed that Apple is currently testing a prototype of the iPad mini, which looks “just like the 9.7in iPad shrunk down a little bit.”
Earlier in the year, reports surfaced that Apple has chosen to use a slim bezel on the iPad mini in order to maximise the viewing area of the tablet. Samsung Securities also expects Apple to launch a smaller iPad in the third quarter of 2012.
The rumours of a 7in iPad continue to be viewed with some scepticism however, as the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, dismissed the idea: “7in tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad,” back in October 2010. However, it is believed that Apple may have been convinced about the smaller form factor following the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Digitimes’ claim that a new iPhone will launch in September, however, seems more likely. New concept illustrations of the next-generation iPhone were revealed at the beginning of May, based on the latest rumours that Apple will launch a much thinner smartphone made with Liquidmetal and in-cell technology.