Apple working on a smaller iPad around the 8" mark, says WSJ
Now WSJ is reporting that Apple is working on a smaller, around 8" device, than the 9.7" iPad 2, and test runs with panels from LG and AU Optronics are being run.
Another rumor, coming from a Citigroup analyst who sat and talked with Tim Cook, entertains the thought that Apple is prepping a device with a physical keyboard dock or attachment of sorts, which will blur the boundaries between tablets, netbooks and ultrabooks or laptops.
Similar thing was suggested by another analyst, who said that the shrunk panel might be testing for precisely such a combo. Other industry watchers are chiming in that a smaller device with lower price point would prove a very successful strategy for winning over up and coming markets like China, or the iBooks 2 student market, for example, where an iPad 3, or even iPad 2 might come too expensive.