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Apple lines up suppliers for iPad Mini display, report says

The company has apparently tapped AU Optronics and LG Display to produce the 7.85-inch screens for the widely expected downsized iPad.

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The full-size iPad awaits its little sibling.
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Apple has tapped two companies to produce the display for its iPad Mini, a new report claims.

AU Optronics and LG Display will produce the iPad Mini's 7.85-inch screen, Bloomberg is reporting today, citing several sources. TPK Holding and Foxconn-owned Yeh Cheng Technology will handle lamination coating for the screen, according to the sources.

Apple's current iPad comes with a 9.7-inch screen.

The iPad Mini has reportedly been in the works for a while, though true to form, Apple has yet to confirm the existence of such a device. Still, the rumor mill has kicked it into overdrive, offering up all kinds of expected device details. The latest reports suggest that an iPad Mini will launch in October and cost $249.

In an interview with CNET yesterday, IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander said that if Apple prices its upcoming slate at $249, it'll "crush the opposition."

But before Apple gets to launching its iPad Mini, the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 5. That device, which will reportedly come with a 4-inch screen and improved components, will be shown off on September 12 and launch on September 21, according to reports.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the Bloomberg report. We will update this story when we have more information.