The launch of iPad 3 is less than a week away. However, this cannot deter rumor mongers to spread news about a smaller iPad. We have been hearing about “iPad mini” for more than a year now.
The latest report is coming from from DigiTimes, whose reports about Apple usually turn out to be false rumors.
DigiTimes claimed that Apple is planning to start mass production of a 7.85? iPad sometime in the third quarter of this year.
“Makers in Apple’s iPad supply chain have started delivering samples of 7.85-inch iPads for verification, with volume production likely to begin in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to industry sources.
The planned launch of the 7.85-inch iPad is apparently to take on Amazon’s US$199 7-inch Kindle Fire as well as a comparable model from Barnes & Noble, although Apple already took up nearly a 60% share of the tablet PC market in 2011, indicated sources.
The price of the 7.85-inch iPad is likely to be set at US$249-299.”
However, this is not the first time we have heard about a smaller iPad. Last month, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Apple was showing its suppliers a tablet with a display measuring just under 8-inches.
Back in 2010, Steve Jobs publicly criticized the idea of a smaller tablet. He said, “There are clear limits of how close you can place physical elements on a touch screen, before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them.” However, one should remember that the late CEO of Apple made similar condescending remarks about video iPods and tablets before the debut of iPad.
Smoke is never without fire. Thus, the existence of 8-inch or 7.85-inch iPad cannot be ruled out.
Source: iDownload Blog
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