Friday, April 09, 2010

Smaller iPad Rumored for 2011

In terms of new technology, it's usually a wise move to wait, if not for a generation, at least for some issues (which almost always occur) to shake out. Anyone who recalls the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G will recall the second gen's significant upgrades. In this case, it's not so clear if this "upgrade" would be a good thing.

According to Digitimes,
a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011. However, the report says the device will be mostly for reading, and that perhaps would not be a great thing.

For one, the device would sell for below $400, according to the report (which generally means $399), and that's pretty high for an ereader that would compete with the Kindle. Also, the Kindle's e-Ink display is better for outside reading (translation: that mobile market).

Rather than a downsized iPad, we would hope to see an upsized one, instead. At least, remove some of that thick bezel around the edges: that could increase screen size without increasing overall size.

What is interesting, however, is the Q1 2011 timing. The iPhone has, according to Apple, been put on a pretty much annual (meaning June / July) refresh cycle. Could the iPad be getting the same treatment, with a late Q1 refresh cycle? It would make sense.

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