Report says 7 inch mini Apple iPad coming in October, to sport $200-$250 price tag

Report says 7 inch mini Apple iPad coming in October, to sport $200-$250 price tag
Every few weeks, speculation starts spreading about a mini version of the Apple iPad. Obviously a response to low-priced Android tablets, especially the $199.99 Amazon Kindle Fire, the rumors have centered on a 7.85 inch screen which is slightly larger than the 7 inch panel on Amazon's low-priced tablet. Now, a "reliable source," as characterized by website iMore, says that a 7 inch mini Apple iPad will hit the market in October, priced in a range of $200-$250. The site says that Apple wants to price the mini iPad aggressively so that there will be no room for the competition to come in lower.

The Amazon Kindle Fire was launched last November and quickly became the second highest selling tablet after the Apple iPad and the crew at Cupertino might be feeling Amazon's hot breath over its shoulder. The mini Apple iPad, outside of the screen size, will resemble its bigger brother in every way right down to the 2048-by-1536 resolution of the screen. Unlike the 16GB that the entry-level model of the new iPad offers, the smaller  variant will feature 8GB of native memory. A smaller version of Apple's popular tablet would have buyers ready to shell out cash. According to a survey from PriceGrabber, out of 2,603 Americans surveyed late last month, 52% would buy a scaled-down version of the Apple iPad.

While iMore's reliable source calls for the mini Apple iPad to hit the market in October, as we told you on Wednesday, DigiTimes reported that the 7 inch iPad would be launched in August with the next Apple iPhone coming the next month. We've heard these stories before, and while it is healthy to hope for the best, the more realistic action would be to wait for the official word from Apple on both the availability of a 7 inch version of its tablet and the launch of the next-gen Apple iPhone. The DigiTimes report says that the 7 inch tablet would be manufactured by Foxconn while the next iPhone and a 10 inch iPad to be launched during the fourth quarter would both be built by Pegatron.

source: iMore via PCMag

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57 Comments

1. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I guess there is a sweet spot for 7" tablets now considering Apple and Steve Jobs LOL at the whole thing. Can't help it the kindle Fire is selling really nice and people know you don't have to over pay if your going to just read books and play angry birds. But for that price range, I see maybe $300, nothing less.

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Actually the kindle fire sold terrible the last quarter

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Q4 2011 results: sales jump to $17.43 billion, but profits drop 58 percent. You can't probably even count. You don't even like any company competing against the IPAD. You keep saying everyone is copying APPLE and it's products. But look at Amazon. And not everyone doesn't have the money or want to spend 500$ on a tablet. you can buy a laptop with that money or a new TV

33. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I would never use a $500 tv. That's a sub par product.

41. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If the tablet is 7.85", then it should be labeled ad an 8" tablet. Given a refurbished iPad 2 goes for $349 for 16 GB, selling the 8" tablet at $229 will just about destroy the 7" android tablet market ad well as the iPod Touch market. People need to keep in mind the iPod Touch 4G 8GB goes for about $200.

51. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

So, in short, apple is willing to lose the normal 70% profit on their crummy products made by almost-slave-labor just to monopolize a particular segment of the market. I wonder how much profit they'll make off these (if true)?

2. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Steve Jobs will crawl out from his coffin and knock on Apple head quarter as this is unacceptable to him!!! same with iphone can't be larger than 3.5' otherwise he will rise again :)

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

3.5 feet would be pretty large for a phone...

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I don't see Apple doing this

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why because it would obliterate your "premium, expensive, and only for rich people" argument that you throw around so often? The apple you knew under Jobs is gone. If you havent notice, Cook is making moves to take iOS out of the air of "exclusive" and make them available to everyone everywhere.. even at walmart, even at 7 inches. They cant afford to continue to ignore entire segments of the market, just to fit some fanboy fantasy you have.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Looks its my biggest fan that follows all my posts :). I don't see Apple doing this because they're already dominating the tablet market. This would cut into their profit margins. Also the iPad is selling so well it doesn't make sense to introduce another one so soon. There really isn't a tablet market. Only an iPad market.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, because losing 20% of the market to an Ereader in basically a quarter is "dominating". Have fun in lala land.. lol

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Q1 Apple sold 68% of tablets at least. It's actually more than that because others reprt shipped and not sold. I'd say that's domination. An e reader isn't a tablet, however the fire did terrible in sales in q1

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

When it comes to usage Apple dominates even more. Try 95% of web traffic coming from iPads. http://allthingsd.com/20120504/study-ipad-accounts-for-nearly-95-percent-of-tablet-web-traffic/

17. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

That says TABLET web traffic, not all web traffic. Dude you really need to learn to read all of the words in the title.

20. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Yeah that's tablet web traffic. And you know why 95% belongs to iPad? Because iPad users have money to throw around, they don't turn their connections off (or most of them don't know how to?).

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What does browsing the web have to do with money? Also u don't know if you know this, but you don't have to turn off your Internet. You only use data when you transfer information.

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I know they're talking about tablet traffic only

27. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

They will do anything for profits. They wouldn't Want to miss out.... A sad bad company that never donates nor sponsors nor do u see an Apple sign in sports recreation....

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

actually isnt that the argument android fans use? that apple is a status symbol? and i dont see them losing profits at the moment… its not like they are desperate for change

48. chadrick0814 unregistered

You are right. Apple won't do it. But the only reason is that it will cut into IPad 3 and 4 sales. It will have little to no affect on the Kindle fire or any other Google tablet. But those considering getting a new IPad would consider the cheaper 7 in model.

7. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

If Apple could sell a quality tablet for $200-$250 I would consider buying it. But they better not cut down on features.

49. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

What "features"? A regular iOS device hardly has any features other than running apps.

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i guess apple could do this… but they would have to keep the price down for sure… because if its somewhere closer to 300, why not just buy an ipad 2 for just a little more… but they have always been pretty competitive on the entry level ipad pricing so who knows

9. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

7 inch? look like not aple any more...

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

'Rumor has it...'

16. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I don't see this happening with Apple b/c they would would never sell that much. they always charge at least 500 for a tablet ( Ipad 2 execption).

18. Rangers

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Probably feasible in sheep's dreams.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Do sheep make a noise when they fall down if no one is around to hear that noise?

21. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Now Apple will eat into the cheap, laggy, fragmentated, spyware, malware, messy ugly widgets Android share.

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