Apple has sent invitations scheduled on the 7th March for the launch of the iPad 3. Now, rumours claim Apple will be unveiling a smaller iPad as well.
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.
According to Digitimes, Apple is to launch a smaller 7.85 inch iPad towards the end of 2012. This is despite the late Steve Jobs saying, “Apple has done extensive user testing and we really understand this stuff…There are clear limits on how close you can place things on a touch screen, which is why we think 10 inch is the minimum screen size to create great tablet apps.” However, since the 7 inch Amazon Kindle Fire has proven to be a huge success, Apple might just launch a smaller iPad.
Aside from Amazon’s 7 inch tablet, Android manufacturers have launched smaller tablets, compared to the 10 inch tablets like the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung’s first tablet was the 7 inch Galaxy Tab. Currently it has released several smaller tablets such as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. Motorola is to launch the 8.2 inch Xoom 2 Media Edition.
Apple is known for setting the trend instead of following it. However, it may be threatened by the increase in popularity of smaller-screened tablets its competition has to offer.
Although an interesting prospect, take this information with a grain of salt. What do you think? Will Apple launch a 7.85 inch iPad, or will it stick to the familiar 9.7 inches like that on the iPad 2? Give us your thoughts.