Mini Apple iPad rumors bolstered by Apple's purchase of 7.85 inch screens

Mini Apple iPad rumors bolstered by Apple's purchase of 7.85 inch screens
Speculation that Apple is working on a mini version of the Apple iPad has been bolstered by a report that the company is buying 7.85 inch screens. The report, printed in Taiwan's Economic Daily, says that the Cupertino based tech giant is purchasing the screens from LG Display and AU Optronics with the mini version of Apple's tablet scheduled to launch in early 2012. The resolution on the 7.85 inch display matches that on the 9.7 inch screen used on both the Apple iPad and the Apple iPad 2.

The smaller version of the Apple iPad is designed to compete against 7 inch tablets, especially the Amazon Kindle Fire which is scheduled for release on November 15th. Priced at $199 or less than half the cost of a $499 16GB Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi only, the Kindle Fire will lean heavily on the cloud. Amazon is taking a $10 hit for each tablet it sells, but expects to turn that into a $10 profit for each sold unit because of apps and content it will charge users for, as well as the cloud based services it will sell.

The story in Economic Daily doesn't completely match a report by Ticonderoga Securities' Brian White, who says that a less expensive-not necessarily smaller-version of the Apple iPad will be offered in the early months of 2012. In the past, Apple didn't consider a 7 inch tablet because its CEO at the time, Steve Jobs, said that a screen size of 7 inches was "too small to express the software." Jobs even went as far as putting down the competition for offering 7 inch tablets, joking that manufacturers of such devices would need to ship sandpaper with their device so that users could file down their fingers in order to press certain images on the screen.

source: EconomicDaily (translated) via AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

interesting. first time for apple to rival the competition.

4. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

New leadership. I hope it works out for the best

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ignoring what the market wanted is what got RIM into the heap of trouble that it is presently experiencing. With Steve gone, the pragmatists at Apple have an opportunity to address the evolving market reality (7 inch tablets). Otherwise, Apple will see a segment grow and thrive while it will be on the sidelines watching.

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This is for the iPhone 5 screen

3. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

LMAO, I bet droiders would love a 7inch

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Not on Apple. Big screens are only good on android phones.

15. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yea, they probably would! Cuz a 9 inch is just to big to lug around.

18. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

is that what you tell your girlfriend

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

taco50 it's good to see you have a sense of humor. lol

14. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

Taco50 is smoking iCrack.

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

They need to fix the iphone 4s screen first,complaints coming in of faulty screens: http://www.slashgear.com/some-iphone-4s-users-claim-to-have-yellow-screen-discoloration-18188672/ also lets face it its battery gate: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/iphone-4s-battery-complaints-flood-144900417.html All those poor saps who were fooled into buying last years iphone now renamed 4(s) and this one is even more faulty than last years release of it!! Imagine their faces when they realise that a program available for the last year on other os now called siri on apple also is prob not availabe in their countries untill "sometime down along the line"!!!

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Actually, the 5th gen iPod Touch will be released with a 7 inch screen, 1024x768 resolution and WiFi and LTE versions. That way, Apple can remain true to Steve by not releasing a 7 inch iPad. The 5th gen iPod Touch might even come with Flash compatibility.....

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I hope you're true. I'm really thinking about getting iPad 3 or iPod Touch 5th.. =)

13. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

This is how the future is going to be for this - Apple will release a 7" tablet as mentioned here. They will make a presentation that a 7" tablet is good for taking notes and lugging around. Apple will present a "Magical Pen" that can write on this ipad. And all the fanboys will go gaga and start drooling over this revolutionary idea that you can write on the ipad. There will be applications for drawing and painting that will use this "Magical Pen" technology. Score 1 for Apple, 0 for Android.

10. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I wonder if it will pack flash yet?

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It will never have flash. It's a design choice by Apple.

17. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Maybe its the iphone 5 screens..gonna emulate the dell streek next time around since theyve manage to copy everyone else technology

19. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

$300 or GTFO...

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

The 7" display size that Apple/Steve said wasn't any good and no one wanted?

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