Wednesday, July 04, 2012

iPad mini rumor resurfaces

Is Apple really working on a smaller tablet or it's just our wishful thinking?

The iPad mini rumor that has apparently been circulating since 2009 is back in another round of speculation.

The latest version comes courtesy of multiple sources. Firstly, NPD DisplaySearch said that production is "likely imminent" for a 7.85-inch tablet while a Chinese-language Web site reports that this smaller iPad will use an IGZO display made by Sharp.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has added fuel to this rumor with a new report that pegs a future announcement in October. The iPad mini "will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally", but lacks a Retina display. Instead, it will have a similar screen resolution as the older iPads. The iPad mini will, however, be expected to be priced around that of Google's new 7-inch Nexus tablet.

With Google and Microsoft both making moves in the tablet space with the Nexus and Surface, it's not surprising that rumors about the iPad mini have resurfaced. However, these two companies lack Apple's retail presence, which could hinder their efforts to make their tablets mainstream.

The breadth of its App Store also favors the Cupertino-based company, though Android is rapidly catching up--going by the latest numbers, Google's platform is just 50,000 apps shy of Apple's.  

Via Bloomberg

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