We recently had the first of what is sure to be a plethora of rumors about an upcoming product announcement event from Apple. With the potential for the purported iPad mini to hit store shelves as early as September 21, suppliers are leaking their own bits of information.
Wintek – one of Apple’s many suppliers – announced that its sales grew 61 percent from June to July. This may mean that Apple is gearing up for a fall release of the smaller iPad tablet.
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White recently told investors that Wintek Corporation, Apple’s key touch panel manufacturer, reported that sales for July were up 61 percent month over month from June. In fact, White said that July was the best month on record for the company.
This increase in sales may be a signal that Apple is ordering parts for its next-generation of products. White believes that Wintek may have secured orders for the rumored 7.85-inch iPad display.
Wintek’s sales dropped drastically in June, supposedly due to the fact that Apple will switch to in-cell touch screens with the next generation of iPhone, something that Wintek does not supply. If the in-cell rumors are true, this would point to more evidence that the touch screen supplier’s increase in sales is due to an iPad order, not an iPhone order.
When suppliers start letting their own secrets slip out, you know that the truth isn’t far behind. It is just a matter of time now before we find out whether Apple really is going to make an iPad mini or if all our premonitions and predictions were just a big waste of time.