Reuters says Apple will launch tablet in the second quarter and it will have aluminum housing

Three anonymous sources consulted by Reuters claim that Apple has already selected the supplier of cases for its tablet: to be AVY Precision Technology, based in Taiwan. The product housing is supposed to be all aluminum (unibody, we hope).

TPK Solutions, a manufacturer of touchscreen panels, would also have entered into a partnership with Ma, in addition to Wintek.

Production of iSlate would begin in February, indicating availability for the second quarter of 2010. Manufacturing itself would not have to take that long, but Apple may wish to have a good initial inventory for product launch.