Two reports today suggest that Apple is beginning to order components aimed for the long-rumoured multi-touch tablet. Apple’s tablet is rumoured to be revealed during an event on January 26 and ship later in 2010.

The first report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily states that Cheng Uei Precision Industry has been the beneficiary of an order for “connectors” adding that the company is likely to ship the parts in 3Q 2010, not in line with previous suggestions of Apple timeframes.

The second report from DigiTimes states that Foxconn’s subsidiary Innolux and Apple’s current iPhone panel maker will be responsible for supplying 10-inch panels for the tablet. Glass strengthening will also be supplied by another Foxconn subsidiary G-Tech Optoelectronics.

As previously reported Foxconn is rumoured to be the assembler of the tablet.