Sharp has “nearly halted” production of 9.7-inch iPad screens as demand shifts to the smaller iPad mini reports “Reuters” (

Sharp’s iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running this month after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012 as Apple manages its inventory, the article says, quoting unnamed “industry sources with knowledge of Sharp’s production plans.” Not surprisingly, neither Apple nor Sharp had any comments.