In an email to CNET, Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, said that production volumes will be high in Q4.
“We expect panel production to start in August, with production ramping up to high volumes (more than a million units per month) in the fourth quarter,” Semenza said.
The analyst speculated that the tablet could be released later this year, based on the production schedule.
Semenza also added that Apple might be working on 7.85-inch panels which are “expected to be used in the iPad Mini.”
Recent rumors have pointed to a possible September release date for the mini tablet, along Apple’s next-gen iPhone.
Other reports have stated that the device will be presented at a separate event from that of the iPhone 5, somewhere in mid-November.
The iPad Mini is rumored to feature a screen measuring 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally and analysts believe it’s unlikely it will have Retina Display like the new iPad.