The long-discussed rumor of an upcoming smaller screen iPad seems to be all but fulfilled at this time. We still have not received official word from Apple, but more information continues to leak out from parts suppliers that lead us to believe it is really going to happen.
Today, Taiwan-based technology blog DigiTimes has reported that the 7-inch iPad will be released in August. I’ll believe it when I see it.
According to DigiTimes, Foxconn Electronics will be manufacturing the mini iPad, which makes sense since it is Apple’s go-to factory for the majority of tablet-related assembly. The smaller device is rumored to have a 7.85-inch screen and the same pixel resolution as the iPad 2. Other rumors claim that the smaller device will cost between $250 and $300.
Last month, OLED-Display.net reported having a copy of an official Samsung securities document in which analyst JungHoon Chang predicted that Apple would release the iPad mini in the third quarter of 2012. This new report seems to collaborate the information that we will see the device by the end of this summer.
It still seems hard to believe that Apple would go forward with a smaller tablet when it is well known that former CEO Steve Jobs said that anything smaller than a 10-inch iPad would be “dead on arrival.” It’s possible that the popularity of Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s low-price tablets put the company in the position to rethink its opinion on cheaper, smaller iPads.