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Rumors of a 7.85-Inch 'iPad Mini' Revived (Again) for Late 2012

Digitimes once again revives talk of a 7.85-Inch iPad. According to the site, Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to 4th quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad at the end of the 1st quarter. Apple reportedly is looking to take on the increasing number of competitors such as Android's 7-inch Kindle Fire:
However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.
There's been enough talk of such a device that it seems certain that Apple has at least been prototyping one over the past year. This previous mockup of such a device was discussed a year ago as a possibility:


Previous mockup of a 7-inch "iPad mini"

Previous rumors have suggested that a 7.85-inch iPad would carry the same resolution (1024x768) as the current iPad. This would open the door to Apple differentiating their new iPad with a much higher resolution Retina display, while offering the old resolution on a physically smaller device.

Given the number of ongoing rumors, it seems certain that Apple has been experimenting with a 7.85-inch iPad. We'd guess its ultimate arrival will depend on how the market responds to the Kindle Fire and similar tablets in the coming year.

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35 months ago
Another analyst. Another fart. Another stupid prediction.

But hey, it's Digitimes again. :rolleyes:
Rating: 21 Votes
35 months ago
I think it's been pretty well established that the fire is not "competition" to the iPad at this point.

I don't see it happening for all the same reasons the that iPhone screen size has yet to change.
Rating: 20 Votes
35 months ago

However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.


Since when is Apple a trend follower?
Rating: 18 Votes
35 months ago

Since they decided to follow Android with this:

* dual core chips
* 3G phones
* 4G phones
* NFC (coming)
* larger phone screens (coming)
* smaller screens for tablets (coming)


I'm not sure if this is a joke, but what you just listed is hardware and has nothing to do with the OS of the phone. Hardware is always evolving and most of it is not researched/made by the phone manufacturers themselves.

Phones running Android have been having the lead on that kind of things mainly because a new phone is released around every week, because they have different price segments (lower and higher end phones) and because they have to make hardware features selling points given the amount of competing manufacturers offering phones with the same software.

Anybody could predict that quad-core and 5G phones are coming someday. You're not a genius for putting them on the market slightly before the others. They're just numbers and don't change the concept of a phone.
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago

Oh definitely. Apple must be having a number of prototypes. They must have had more than 20 I would assume when they launched the first iPad.
But really, I don't buy any of this.


Let me clarify. Apple certainly had 20+ empty shells sitting around Ive's office just to play with form factors.

However, for this, it seems clear they are actually putting together a 7.85" device in China in early stages. With actual screens and parts being delivered and tested. That's a step much closer than empty foam shells in a research lab.

arn
Rating: 7 Votes
35 months ago

Since they decided to follow Android with this:

* dual core chips
* 3G phones
* 4G phones
* NFC (coming)
* larger phone screens (coming)
* smaller screens for tablets (coming)[COLOR="#808080"]

Apple following Android trends? These apple drones will have a field day.

:D:D:D
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago

Another analyst. Another fart. Another stupid prediction.

But hey, its digitises again. :rolleyes:


The only thing that makes this rumour seem feasible is the fact that the screen resolution is the same, this makes all the apps compatible.


iLounge said 7", Digitimes said 7.85" and United Daily News said 7.85". Enough places have said it that it doesn't seem just like making stuff up. Whether it actually launches or not is another question, but in my mind it seems clear that Apple has these things at least in prototype form.

arn
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago
The only thing that makes this rumour seem feasible is the fact that the screen resolution is the same, this makes all the apps compatible.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago
I really wouldn't hurt Apple to have different sizes.

People will still buy them and Apple could crunch the numbers and simply make less of the ones that are not selling.

Like with the iPods.

Kind of a no brainer.

I never understood why some people think that just because THEY personally don't see a need for something ......it shouldn't exist.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago

Let's face it: Apple has probably been prototyping tablets between 2" and 24" for five years. They likely have sample parts of every single commercially viable touchscreen panel made since 2005.

There's probably some gorgeous 15" Retina Display iPad in a lab in Cupertino. Unfortunately the current retail cost might end up being $3000 and the panel supplier might only be able generate 500,000 panels in the next twelve months.

Apple likely tests dozens if not hundreds of designs for each potential project. Some Digitimes rumor of a possible 7" iPad is meaningless.


Like I said, these sources are from Chinese suppliers. These rumors are not coming out of the lab in Cupertino.

arn
Rating: 6 Votes

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