A new rumor from the supply chain says that Apple is choosing a new thin-film technology for the touchscreen used in the iPad mini.
There is of course no confirmation that Apple will indeed release a smaller iPad this year. The rumors around a 7.85-inch iPad are though not stopping. Today Digitimes reports that Apple is supposed to use the so called G/F2 thin-film touch technology for the iPad mini. A company called Nitto is supplying the key thin-film materials, and Nissha Printing and TPK producing the touch screens.
The advantage of G/F2 is that the touchscreen is thinner and cheaper to make.
Digitimes was yesterday the subject of an in-depth analysis over at the Time's Techland. Harry McCracken did some serious fact-checking of the Digitimes Apple rumors over the years. At most times the rumors turn out to be false. Still, Digitimes is widely published and referenced. The main reason for this is that their reputation is good enough. Blogs and news outlets are eagerly seeking Apple rumors and a Digitimes rumor fits the bill any day to write a story for most outlets (including ours). It does matter if the rumor turns out to be true or false. The Apple fans want to read it.