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New 7-inch Apple iPad In Time For Xmas

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A new seven-inch version of the Apple iPad which has already been labelled iPad 2 is tipped to be launched in time for Xmas


According to the Economic Daily News, a Chinese newspaper-language newspaper based in Taiwan, a smaller version of the Apple iPad is already in pre-production.

According to ChannelNews sources, Paul Shin Devine, the Apple Supply Manager charged last week with taking $1M in bribes from Asian component suppliers was directly involved in securing components for the new iPad and that this will make up part of the evidence against him when his case is eventually heard. 


According to sources in Taiwan, Chimei Innolux will supply a seven-inch screen which utilises the same in-plane switching technology the current iPad uses. 

The Economic Daily News said that Compal Electronics have been enlisted to assemble the iPad 2. This is the same newspaper that predicted that Apple was working on a tablet device in the first place.


In other moves six Asian component suppliers, have started their own investigation into claims that bribes were paid to Devine.


Devine who was arrested on Aug. 13 and charged with 23 counts totalling $1 million worth of kickbacks. The charges include wire fraud and money laundering. The federal grand jury indictment also named Andrew Ang, a Singapore-based employee of an Apple supplier; Ang's location remains unknown.


According to the indictment, Devine offered six unnamed Asian suppliers confidential information on Apple's purchasing plans for product components. In return, he allegedly received more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks, filtered through a network of U.S. and offshore bank accounts.


While the Asian suppliers went unnamed in the indictment, three of them have come forward to either protest their innocence or claim they've launched investigations of their own. South Korea-based Cresyn, which manufactures ear buds for the iPod, admitted paying fees to Devine but said the interaction was strictly above-the-board. 


"Devine approached us first and offered to give us business consulting to help advance into the U.S. market," an unnamed official at Cresyn told Reuters on Aug. 17. "We accepted his offer and received general information about U.S. markets, and in return we offered him a small consulting fee. But this was based on a legal contract we made with him in 2007."


Meanwhile, Pegatron and JLJ Holdings—from Taiwan and Singapore, respectively—announced they had launched investigations into their own alleged involvement. The indictment names Kaedar, a Pegatron acquisition later spun off into its own entity, as a kickback source.


"We are investigating the case now and feel sorry about this," Jonathan Chang, a deputy spokesperson for Pegatron, told Reuters.


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