After an exciting rumor run on the iPhone 5, iPad 3 rumors are now in full swing, and most of them claim that the third-generation tablet will be launched as soon as the first quarter of 2012. However, new information recently emerged, saying that Apple is making a new version of the popular tablet that has a smaller form factor.
Taiwanese tech news site Digitimes reports that a source claimed that the Cupertino tech giant will introduce a smaller iPad next year. According to the source, the new tablet will only be 7.85 inches, which means that it would directly compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Apple’s iPad tablets are 9.5 inches tall, while Amazon’s Kindle Fire is just 7.5, making it easier to hold or keep inside a pocket.
“In addition to purchasing 7.85-inch panels from LG Display, Apple will also buy panels from AU Optronics (AUO), indicated the sources, adding that makers in the supply chain are likely to begin production of the 7.85-inch models at the end of the second quarter of 2012,” read the report.
This would go against the proclamation of Steve Jobs, who said that 7-inch tablets would have a screen “too small to express the software.” Jobs also told reporters that 7-inch tablets were “dead on arrival.” But people from Apple have changed their minds before.
Are you in favor of Apple making a smaller version of the iPad?