For an unannounced product, the iPad's little sister is getting a lot of buzz
FORTUNE — Last Thursday, Taipei-based DigiTimes, quoting the usual “unnamed sources” in Apple’s supply chain, reported that two Asian suppliers, AU Optronics AUO and LG LGLD , were having trouble fulfilling Apple’s AAPL order for 9 to 10 million LCD screens for a smaller (7.85-inch) version of the iPad. The issue: Production problems that forced the suppliers to throw out one of every five displays coming off the press.
Given DigiTimes mixed track record, the story didn’t get much play. But when the
Wall Street Journal
Monday reported with less detail essentially the same rumor — that Apple had ordered unnamed Asian component suppliers to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablet — the story got front-page Techmeme treatment.
By Monday morning, I’d counted two dozen stories that picked up the Journal‘s rumor without mentioning that DigiTimes had it four days earlier.
We’re looking at Oct. 17 as the day Apple will unveil what most people are calling the iPad mini.