7-Inch iPad with Retina Display Coming in October Priced at $200-$250?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iMore reports that Apple is "currently targeting" an October launch for a smaller iPad, with the device carrying a display of roughly 7 inches and being priced in the $200-$250 range.
    Interestingly, the report's source claims that the 7-inch iPad will be "identical in every way" to the current iPad with the exception of the display size, apparently including a Retina display. That would give the smaller iPad a pixel density roughly identical to that of the iPhone 4S.

    It remains unclear how Apple would be able to meet a $200-$250 price point for the smaller iPad given the apparent specs, although the device will reportedly come with only 8 GB of storage. Still Apple's current iPod touch starts at $199 and this smaller iPad will undoubtedly carry significantly higher component costs.

    Mockup of 7.85-inch "iPad mini" next to iPad 2 (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)
    Reports of a smaller iPad have been circulating ever since the launch of the original iPad, enhanced in recent months by perceived competition from Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire. The sheer number of rumors suggest that Apple has at least been working on such a device, and reports of a planned launch for later this year have been increasing. Most observers have, however, believed that the device would carry a non-Retina display in order to allow Apple to meet lower pricing targets.

    iMore has been rather accurate with its recent iOS device rumors, correctly pinpointing the third-generation iPad launch event date back in February and backing claims of LTE compatibility for the device ahead of its launch.

    The site has since offered claims of a smaller dock connector for the next-generation iPhone, an idea which has been gaining traction with other rumors. The site has also issued claims of a fall (likely October) launch of an LTE iPhone anticipated to carry the same 3.5-inch display size seen in all iPhone models to date.

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  2. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Still have my doubts
    I can't see Apple pricing at that point
    And while there may be a market, it doesn't really make sense to compete against itself
  3. macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    8GB of storage is a mistake with the size of these retina iPad apps.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    A tablet with that kind of display for $200-250? Forgive me for being skeptical.
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Interesting. Competition wouldn't know what to do if Apple came out with this. I guess everyone's goal would be second place.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    No way. They would have to seriously drop the price of the iPod Touch.

    My guess is that an updated iPod Touch is coming in October at this price point.
  7. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    I call their bluff. Apple wouldn't be happy with such slim profit margins. And I'm sure people would be happy to pay $299 for a 7 inch iPad 2.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Apple changing their strategy to become a loss leader in a market that they already dominate? Seems legit...

  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    Why racking your brain that much, Apple? I just want a Mac Pro refresh!
  10. macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    7.85 inch iPad? Maybe. 7.85 inch iPad with any resolution other than 1024x768? Not going to happen. Especially for 200-250 dollars. They'd really have to drop the price of the iPod Touch for anyone to keep buying it. I know its a different 'category', but who would pick up an iPod Touch for the same price as an iPad which is arguably more useful?
  11. macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
  12. CBJammin103, May 10, 2012
    Last edited: May 10, 2012

    macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    Apple has been known to pinpoint leaks by giving false information about projects to certain groups or individuals. Sounds like this is what is going on to me...

    Smaller iPad so soon when the newest iPad is just coming out in many countries? At a smaller size with magically cheaper components? And WHAT space for competitors? I've never seen a Kindle Fire in the wild before. :confused:
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    That would be nice, I passed up on the current iPad line because after trying it I found (in my opinion) it's too large and heavy for me to comfortably use and hold for more than a few minutes. Too difficult to play games on as well. Tried Temple Run on my friend's and it was ridiculously awkward.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    If they would come out with such an iPad at such a price, Apple will easily win the market. I don't see how anyone would be able to compete with that. However, it does kind of seem like an unApple move (the price). If they would bring a 7" iPad to the market, I expect more of a 350$ price point.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
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  16. macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada
    this is a silly rumor

    it keeps popping up. It won't happen and repeating this silliness is not going to make it true.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    If this is true and the prices is true. It will cannibalize ipod sales.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    If true..at that price the amount they would sell would be phenomenal.
    I see people all over the world wanting them.

    Although I do think 8GB is to small, should be 16GB minimum.
  19. macrumors 603


  20. macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2012
    "That would give the smaller iPad a pixel density roughly identical to that of the iPhone 4S."

    Roughly identical, you say? Hmmm.
  21. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Here's my prediction: the iPod Touch will be refreshed this fall and will have a bigger screen size.
  22. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  23. macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    It'd better.
  24. macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    Everyone else's goal is to be second place.

    I think all of these 7" iPad rumors could be a remote for the Apple TV...I know that is a huge stretch and 7" I think is a bit big for a remote control, but that's just my 2 pennies.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    This wouldn't be the first time an industry leader takes on a low-end strategy to avoid low-cost disruption. It's why Intel released the celeron chip.

    Makes perfect sense to me.

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