Thursday, March 01, 2012

Apple to launch 7.85-inch iPad in Q3 2012: report

In mid-December of last year, DigiTimes said that information from its supply chain sources indicated that Apple would release the iPad 3 by the end of Q1 (which seems set to happen) and a 7.85-inch iPad before Q4 2012. The site is now doubling down on that second prediction and is saying the smaller iPad will launch by Q3 2012.

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The site is narrowing in on a date it appears, although DigiTimes has a past spotty history in terms of rumors and leaks.

It's also true that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said that tablets with screens below 10-inches in size would be DOA. We have never missed an opportunity to remind Apple that the iPad only has a 9.7-inch screen.

Meanwhile, the Motorola Xoom and a number of other Android tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have 10.1-inch screens. That is, of course, nit-picking.

The price of the new 7.85-inch iPad is likely to be set at between $249 - 299, the report added. The new device, despite the prior assertions by Jobs, is set to compete with smaller 7-inch tablets such as the $199 Android-driven Kindle Fire, which have seen decent acceptance by consumers.

Rumors about a smaller-sized iPad have been running around for quite some time. Until now, Apple hasn't pushed one out the door, but it's long been believed Apple was working on a smaller tablet. Since the introduction of the Kindle Fire, those rumors have just gone up exponentially.

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