Analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets has been keeping a close eye on Wintek, a touch panel manufacturer that does business with Apple. He believes that a recent spike in sales should be attributed to a deal involving touch screens for the rumored iPad mini.
White issued an research note this week (which the people at AppleInsider got their mitts on
), telling investors that the month of July was the best on record for Wintek.
The analyst suggested that such an increase could have only been caused by a recent deal struck with a major client. White’s best bet? Apple.
He believes the Cupertino giant is securing parts for its next-generation products, namely the rumored iPad mini. The device is expected to emerge this fall with a 7.85-inch display.
White said he eliminated the iPhone as a potential reason for Wintek’s recent success, as Apple has chosen in-cell technology for the next version of the handset.
Wintek is still a stranger to in-cell, but not IPS (in plane switching) displays, which still make for a great visual experience.
The iPad mini is still just a fantasy for most of us, but as September draws closer new leaks are sure to confirm, or deny its existence once and for all.
The company headquartered at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California often goes to great lengths to keep its plans under tight wraps, sometimes even making intentional leaks to throw off the media, some say.
The electronics giant has, on numerous occasions, expressed reluctance towards tablets that boast 7-inch screens. However, 7.85 inches is actually closer to 8, which is not too far from 9.7-inch – the diagonal of the current iPad’s display.
It remains to be seen whether or not the iPad mini is but a fanboy’s wet dream, or something that we would be able to wrap in paper to put under the tree this Christmas.