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Apple's fabled 7.85-inch mini iPad may be built late spring

updated 11:50 pm EST, Thu December 15, 2011

Apple may ship tiny iPad in Q2 for Q3 sale

Apple's rumored 7.85-inch iPad was claimed late Thursday to be going into production in late spring. Part suppliers talking to Digitimes believed Apple was staggering the introduction of a second model, launching the iPad 3 towards March but shipping its miniature counterpart before the fall, leaving the summer as the likely target. Previously alluded production plans would see both AU Optronics and LG Display making the new screens.

Although possibly just speculation, the tipsters thought that Apple was having to breach the late Steve Jobs' well-known criticism of seven-inch tablets for the sake of cornering the market. Tablet readers like the Kindle Fire, as well as very large smartphones like the Galaxy Nexus, risked leaving a major gap in Apple's lineup.

Although talk from multiple sources may lend some support to the story, the miniature iPad still carries some doubt because of the nature of the device. Apple would have to resize its interface once again to fit a screen in between the iPhone and the 9.7-inch iPad. The move could force it to have three target device resolutions on the App Store at once, something it has been keen to avoid given the fragmentation problems Android has with its own resolution variety.

Cost reduction has also been a problem. Most cheaper tablets have reached lower prices by sacrificing features inside more so than the screen, such as slower processors or reduced storage. Apple would need to cut features sharply enough for the price gap between the 7.85-inch and 9.7-inch devices to matter to buyers and also curb sales of the $199 Kindle Fire.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who created this fable?

    How long do we have to suffer these ridiculous rumours? Theres will not be any stupid 7 inch iPads from the Apple Steve Jobs founded. Get used to it.

  1. drumrobot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a load

    of bull[fecalmatter so I don't get banned]. There won't be any 7 inch iPads, OK? Digitimes is run by a bunch of idiots who swore that there'd be a magical iPhone 5. You know... 4 inch screen, aluminum back, Sprint exclusivity, a tapered design, and all that other c***. It makes no sense to fragment the iOS device line unnecessarily. People were skeptical when the iPad came out because it was right between the iPhone and a laptop. "Who needs it," they said. And now Digitimes expects us to believe that Apple's going to try to do it again, but they're going to put something between the iPhone and the iPad. It's unnecessary and it KILLS the App Store, which is one of Apple's strongest selling points.
    So no, this won't happen. Please stop posting anagrammatic carp. I come to this site for quality news, not stupid Digitimes rumors.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969




    What's the Apple sku for sandpaper again??


    Will Apple file a patent for fragmuntayshun now?




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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is that coach using a....

    Galaxy Tab 7?? That looks like the perfect size for such a use.

    If Apple comes up with a 7-inch tablet, will they sue Samsung for copying?

  1. chas_m




    DigiTimes is almost certainly wrong (as usual).

    That said, nobody ever said you couldn't find a good use for that size screen for *some other* product, now did they?

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Everyone Knows This Will Be

    apple's dedicated e-reader at twice the price of the current models on the market! With itunes and airplay baked in.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Steve Jobs also said... iPod was too small & would never have video...???

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two issues here!

    There are two separate and distinct issues here. The first is whether Apple may manufacture an additional iOS device that differs in some respects from those already on the market. This is always a possibility. The second issue is whether an e-rag like Digitimes could possibly possess any insider knowledge of Apple's future plans. This, of course, is utterly nonsensical. So it is a mistake to confuse or conflate anything pertaining to issue one with the fact that Digitimes is full of sh*t.

  1. Bartyslimfast

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same as the current iPad screen?

    If Apple can get supplies of a 1024 X 768 7.85 inch screen, then I doubt they would leave money on the table by not making a smaller iPad. A smaller iPad with the same resolution as the current iPad avoids the fragmentation issue. A big splash for a new iPad 3 with double the current resolution in the sping next year and then announce the 7.85" iPad Mini in the fall in time for Christmas.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Completely agree with Bartyslimfast, with the same resolution as the current iPad this really makes cense. Current software and iOS would work unmodified and Apple gaining a product that would start at $299 with a decent profit margin. Bring it on.

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