The rumour comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes. According to the website’s source within Apple’s supply chain, Apple will be launching a smaller 7.85 inch iPad after the launch of the iPad 2’s successor.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumours of a smaller iPad. However, this is the first time a price was mentioned. The smaller iPad is said to cost $249 (around £156).
This does line up with previous rumours we’ve heard in October of last year. Previous reports claim that smaller iPad with a 7.85 inch display will sport a resolution of 1,024 x 768, which is exactly the same resolution of the 9.7 inch display on the iPad 2. Since the smaller iPad sports the same resolution as the iPad, this would mean that apps do not have to be redesigned to work on the smaller iPad.
Why would Apple launch a smaller iPad? This may be Apple’s response to smaller Android tablets such as the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, the successor of the original Galaxy Tab.
Do you think Apple is planning to launch a smaller 7.85 inch iPad? Give us your thoughts.