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Apple to Launch 7.85-Inch iPad Mini in Late 2012?

Posted in iPad, News on 16/12/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler

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An interesting new report from DigiTimes claims that Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad just before the final quarter of 2012 in order to compete with the Amazon 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.

As usual, it’s unclear what Apple might actually have in the works, but MacRumors suggests that, due to the significant amount of attention such a device has received in the past year, “it seems certain that Apple has at least been prototyping one”.

The 7-inch iPad would likely feature the same resolution as the current iPad 2 and the original iPad, helping to further distinguish the device from a possible iPad 3 with a Retina display expected to launch early next year.

I’m not so convinced, especially considering that nearly every 7-inch tablet produced so far has been a commercial failure, and the Kindle Fire, while it has been successful, really isn’t a direct competitor to the iPad (and many have concluded that the Kindle Fire doesn’t provide a very tablet-like experience at all).

Coupling that with Steve Jobs’ previous public distain of 7-inch tablets, suggesting that users would need to “sand down their fingers” to use them, and there’s good reason to doubt rumors of a smaller iPad.

Still, only time will tell, but I’ll be taking this with at least one grain of salt (and probably more).



J. Glenn Künzler

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.