These Apple Tablet rumors (or is it Slate now?) keep rollin’ in by the truckload, with the most recent tidbit being that Foxconn subsidiary Innolux has been to tapped supply the touchscreen panels for Apple’s forthcoming tablet device. According to a report in DigiTimes, the original launch of the tablet was pushed back into the first quarter of 2010 because Apple was seeking a way to “strengthen the glass of the 10-inch panel.”
A solution was subsequently found in the form of yet another Foxconn subsidiary, G-Tech Optoelectronics, which specializes in processing high tech optical glass and will “provide a glass strengthening process for the device.”
And mirroring previous reports regarding the timeline for Apple’s tablet, DigiTimes also writes that Apple will announce the device in January 2010 in anticipation of a late March or early April release.
Notably, the above report seems to confirm that Apple’s tablet will come in a 10-inch form factor, though Boy Genius Report reported earlier in the week that a 7-inch model was in the pipeline as well. Interestingly, an analyst opined a few weeks ago that Apple would release a tablet device in 2 different form factors, but as we mentioned before, Apple doesn’t typically release varying form factors of the same device until the first model is already a success.