7.85-inch iPad wipes the bench at Apple labs

7.85-inch iPad wipes the bench at Apple labs
Apple has got a 7.85-inch iPad prototype warming its labs benches, ready for release, but the question for Apple is why should it make it public, according to Apple blogger John Gruber.


The segment of the interview about the small iPad starts at around 1hr 19minutes into the show. Gruber also went on to say that the tablet held in portrait mode is almost as tall as the current iPad held in landscape mode. 

But except for being in existence, there’s little evidence to suggest that this prototype will ever make it to shelves. It’s also clear that Apple is working on many prototypes before releasing a product, so there seems to be no reason for the 7.85-inch iPad to be more special than the rest.

Of course, there’s always the possibility of Apple entering the low-end tablet game after the Kindle Fire, but this just doesn’t seem to fall in line with Cupertino’s overall strategy over premium user experience. Additionally, the iPad 2 already serves a lower-end market with its $399 starting price, leaving less reason for Apple to release the smaller version.


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8 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

this is pure advertisement...

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed pure advertisement,ifans are probably already saving up. You would think that ipod touch sales would drop off if this is released as the ipad is already a big ipod touch and this 7 inch model is even closer to the ipod touch,however itll probably end up that ifans with iphones ipod and ipads will also go out and also buy this 'new'ipad size and have all 4

7. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

Probably.

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I don't think it would happen as Apple never follows failed attempts like the busts Galaxy Tabs

2. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Probably Apple would bring out this tablet and sue everyone else just for the 7" Size... 7" Tablet (Vertical/Horizontal) - Proprietary of Apple Inc.

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I wonder how Apple and their sheep can still put up this charade of "people who own Apple products are more superior because others can't afford it" when Apple themselves are trying to make their products more affordable and accessible to everyone.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Repairing the New iPad sucks and it is part of Apple politics too (the really want to make sure that consumer recycle their devices every two years or so). Also build quality doesn't look so good it is more cheaper than solid, almost everything keeps on hot glue... And I guess that the same will be with this 7.85-inch iPad. In other words same crap just in 7.85-inch size... You can watch or download video from here:http://goo.gl/Ojfmx

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