Apple Inc.'s component suppliers in Asia are preparing for mass production in September of a tablet computer with a smaller screen than the iPad, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting a launch for the device is near.
Two of the people said that the tablet's screen will likely be smaller than eight inches. The iPad's screen measures 9.7 inches, unchanged since the first model was released in 2010.
The WSJ's sources say that they've been told to prepare for mass production of the device.
Yesterday, Bloomberg issued a similar report saying that the smaller iPad may be announced in October.