Is Apple working on a device sized in between an iPad and an iPod ?

Is Apple working on a device sized in between an iPad and an iPod ?
We have reported that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper iPhone. We also let you know that it seems that there won't be a smaller iPhone, but perhaps a cheaper version made with less pricey components as a way to regain the traction lost to Android.

The latest information, passed along to Apple Insider by an "industry expert" named Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, says that Apple is working on a new iOS powered device that is bigger than an iPod and smaller than an iPad. This will allow the Cupertino based firm to offer a handset with a screen larger than the 3.5 inches seen on the current Apple iPhone, and allow Apple to offer an iPhone model that could challenge those Android units sporting 4 or more inches. The device, expected to hit the market in the second half of this year, would be either a "Super iPhone or an iPad Mini". Kuo has previously made some amazingly accurate calls like predicting the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 before it was announced, and he also correctly reported that the latter handset would have twice the RAM as the iPad, so it might be wise to listen to what he says.

Another part of the story, passed along by the same source, says that the Apple iPad 3 will offer Retina Display as current technology will not allow the firm to get enough screens to pass inspection for the iPad 2 to offer Retina Display. In other words, the company producing the screen for Apple has too low of a yield to have Retina Display on the sequel to the iPad without cutting profit margins dramatically. However, the "industry expert" says that by the time the Apple iPad 3 is ready to be produced, yields will be up to normal which will allow Retina Display to be offered on that version of Apple's tablet.

source: AppleInsider

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25 Comments

1. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Sounds like apple. Trying to squeeze a few more shekels out the same outdated tech. Didn't Obama cover this already? Something about lipstick on a pig?

12. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Nope its just going to be something else all other tech companies scramble to try and out do, and ultimately in terms of selling, will fail at.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Expect the iPhone 5 to be equipped with a 4 inch retina display. The question is whether it will have dual core processing. And I wonder if VZW is going to demand LTE capability on their edition? But still no Flash support....

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Do not expect a 4inch screen. A 3.7 inch is highly unlikely let alone a 4 inch. Apple is much smarter than that. A 4inch screen might satisfy you self-proclaimed "geeks," but think about all the other users it'll turn off. I think we can expect a dual-core processor though.

3. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Didn't Apple already say that there will be no smaller version of the iPad? I don't doubt that the iPhone 5 will have a 4" screen as it seems like the rigt thing to do. But Steve Jobs has already said no to a smaller iPad.

5. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

technically this wouldnt be a smaller iPad as it would have phone capabilities, which still leaves it up in the air if this is going to be the iPhone 5. my question is if it is going to be the iP5...will it hit Verizon at launch. my worried about that than anything.

6. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

*i am worried about that more than anything

7. Kevin unregistered

Way to defend Apple... Sorry but Steve Jobs is already at the point where he can say anything and the mass will believe him whether he contradicts himself or not. It's the idiots who aren't able to think for themselves that still follow him. "It's not an iPad! This one can make phone calls" What's he going to do? Make a 6" iPod touch and say "anything bigger than that is a tablet. I also have the final word because I'm Steve Jobs."

8. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

im not "defending" Apple im responding to the post if you pay attention to the string. the comment that was made was "didn't Apple already say that there wouldnt be a smaller version of an iPad". my response was related to regardless of that statement made a iPhone with a bigger screen could be in the works which would validate the statement b/c its not an iPad its an iPhone. As far as your rant...what was the point of it? LOL. you go off on this tangent and you were completely missing my point. People on this site are so hyper-Apple sensitive...u can type the word Apple by itself and some self-righteous smartphone revolutionary feels the need to share their philosophical view point. settle down...they're only phones kiddo...its not your mission to educate the "masses" on why Apple is the devil. Geez...are you still a virgin?

24. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

Well put Cricket. Some how our society has become a tech phone version of Westside Story. I can't be your friend because I have a Droid and you have a Iphone. Really?!?! because I thought I was allowed to buy a device based on whether or not I like it. Grow up people.

21. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

retard

4. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

These clowns change their minds every other day, all the while copying everyone else and then being hailed as having near psychic intuition into what people want. They're a joke.

13. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Lmao Apple "copies" others... no thats something you dont hear everyday. Start speaking with your mouth instead of your ass.

14. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Jobs said there was no market for a tablet smaller than the ipad and that if they were made, no one would buy them. Now they are planning to build one smaller after seeing the smaller sizes take off. They are copying tablets smaller than the ipad which are now popular. Any questions?

19. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

What smaller tablet has "take off"? The Galaxy Tab? The one that hardly sold 3 Mil what the iPad has gotten up to a good 60? And lets not forget how the Tablet space was sought after only AFTER apple released the iPad. Even if they do make a smaller iPad Apple isnt "coping" anyone because they pretty much created the tablet market in the first place (Not saying they were the first to make a tablet computer)

22. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

So they dug thru the bin of other peoples ideas and found one that works. And they sold a bunch, all at the beginning of the trend, and will quickly slide back into the 3% market share they hold in computing. That's 3% in the US, .0 something% world wide. And then they speak all authoritative on the item they copied from someone else, as if they are the Rosetta Stone of tablets, and quickly plan to make what they said nobody wants, because they were wrong about what people want, again. Color me impressed.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, Apple was the first to produce X86 computers. Everyone knows this.

16. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

They invented the telephone you know... I think it was Applexander Graham Bell. The telegraph, the computer, the first mobile phone, the first digital music player, the first tablet, the first touchscreen device, the first smart phone, all of it is original to apple lol.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hell, Steve Jobs created the Universe, then sued God for patent infringement.

9. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

its called an iPhone. duh.

10. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

cricketownz *yawn *your boring

17. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

@belovedson...i wouldnt argue that little buddy but i see i have a fan...interesting

18. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I think the majority of legacy iOS users like me will be saying "who really cares"... It'll have the same o shitz iOS anyways. After owning iPhones since the very first 2G in 2007, the OS remains relatively unchanged, and after 4 years of it, its just so damn mind numbing dumb boring rubbish. I hope Jobs is reading this because IMO, iOS really needs a 2nd generation facelift, like ASAP - maybe Apple would be better spending all their Foxcon worker suicide profits on that right now.. How about it Steve?

20. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

iPad's only weakness...? It's too frikken HUGE!

23. iPhone4theWin

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@cricketownz the iP5 will launch on AT&T in june or july and it will launch on Verizon in January to increase AT&T's sales.

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