A new report from Reuters notes the touchscreens and aluminum casings for Apple’s impending tablet have already begun shipping, indicating that the device will eventually launch sometime in the second quarter of 2010. This echos similar reports which anticipate the tablet launching either in late March or early April.
AVY Precision Technology Inc, a Taiwanese manufacturer of covers for electronic products, will begin production of the cases in February, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.
TPK Solutions, an unlisted touch screen panel maker also based in Taiwan will also supply panels for the product, a third source said, on top of those already being manufactured by another Taiwan company, Wintek Corp.
“Production of the cases will begin in February, so everything points to a second-quarter launch right now,” said one of the sources. “It doesn’t take that long for the company to assemble the PC together, but a second-quarter shipment date is what we’re looking at now.”
Apple, of course, is expected to announce a 10-inch tablet device on January 27th.