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7.85-inch iPad wipes the bench at Apple labs

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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.

“What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768…it’s just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit,” Gruber said in the middle of The Talk Show with Dan Benjamin. “I’ve heard from multiple people that this is something that they’re kind of noodling with.”

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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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:11 6

1. android_hitman (unregistered)

this is pure advertisement...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:12 3

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:06 4

6. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:08 1

7. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


posted on 05 Apr 2012, 17:32

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:21 10

2. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 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.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:46 6

3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1476; Member since: 01 Dec 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.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 06:18 2

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 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...

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