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Report: Apple chooses supplier of tablet displays

Site known for reporting Apple rumors says company has chosen a vendor for displays on its tablet, speculated to be unveiled officially at a late January event.

Apple's long-rumored tablet may be nearing reality, as new reports of 10-inch display orders came to light on Monday.

The newest Apple tablet information comes from DigiTimes, a site well-known for reporting on Apple rumors. Citing sources from Apple's component suppliers, DigiTimes says that Innolux, a subsidiary of Foxconn, will be the initial supplier of the glass panels to be used in the tablet.

While DigiTimes has a hit or miss record on reporting rumors, it says that Foxconn will manufacture the tablet. That makes perfect sense, since it is the same company that makes many of Apple's products, including the iPod and iPhone.

One interesting piece of information in the report is that Apple delayed the launch of the tablet because it was concerned about the strength of the glass. DigiTimes says that another Foxconn subsidiary, G-Tech Optoelectronics, will provide a process to strengthen the glass, allowing production to move forward.

Shipments of the finished tablet are rumored to begin in March or April.

While Apple has yet to announce an event to unveil the tablet, The Financial Times reported last week that the company rented San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in late January.