Apple Planning for 7.85-Inch 'iPad Mini' with IGZO Display Later This Year?

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    Claims of an "iPad mini" have been circulating for some time now, with a number of the reports indicating that Apple is planning to launch the device with a 7.85-inch display later this year. While the rumors have been evolving for quite some time now, things have been beginning to firm up a bit with a report last month from iMore, which has offered accurate information on several topics in recent months.

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    Mockup of 7.85-inch iPad next to an iPhone (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)
    Unwired View now points to a report [Google translation] from Chinese site MyDrivers.com claiming that Apple will indeed be launching a 7.85-inch iPad later this year. According to the report's anonymous supply chain sources, the iPad mini will carry roughly the same thickness as the iPad 2, with Apple using Sharp's indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) technology to create a thinner and brighter display.

    IGZO displays had been rumored for Apple's third-generation iPad, but they were apparently not ready in time, as Sharp did not begin mass production of such panels until mid-April.

    Just days ago, Chinese site Apple Daily reported (via DigiTimes) that Apple will be refreshing the current iPad this summer with new IGZO displays. But with even DigiTimes calling the claim "highly doubtful", those waiting for such an update are likely to be disappointed.

    Article Link: Apple Planning for 7.85-Inch 'iPad Mini' with IGZO Display Later This Year?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    I can do a mockup like that in photoshop too. But I would like to see one.
     
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    I'm happy with my 9.7" iPad. Can't see myself purchasing a smaller model.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    I would welcome the addition... despite others saying it wont happen.
     
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    Here's one. It's called the Nexus 7. :rolleyes:

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    Getting old.
     
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    I really hope this happens. I really want a mid range tablet, but not so much that I am willing to go down the Android route.
     
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    Absolutely welcome!

    9.7 is too clumsy, imho...
     
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    Yippie... even more work for developers.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    No need for it. iPhone for on the go. iPad for when im home/in the hotel.
     
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    It may be good, so it can compete with the nexus 7 which is gaining traction already. And what a coincidence, I've just been thinking as to where the 7" iPad rumors are. I was about to think that it was all a hoax.

    Not confirmed though, but I think there's an opportunity
     
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    Getting the Nexus 7 :D
     
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    Good, this will be the perfect answer to the Nexus 7 (which was actually featured in an ad right under the news article, funny :) )

    Smaller, more portable, lower price.. Of course not as low as $200, but $299 would be nice. Sounds like a winner! I wouldn't get rid of my iPad 3 but still it would be a good seller.
     
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    No they're not...
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    price will be key here ... hopefully apple doesnt pull the 'we are apple' pricing with it.
     
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    Could be fantastic for the education sector.

    Nice to see there may be more variety in the tablet arena.

    At £199 it's hard for me to pass the 16GB one up too. :eek:
     
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    And it's gonna cost $399!

    Oh, wait... :D

    edit: With apple selling the ipad 2, it's like the iphone mini rumor.
     
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    Put your iPhone next to your iPad so they're both directly in front of your face.

    Now move your iPad back about ten inches.

    Voila! iPad Mini Mockup!
     
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    That makes it sound as if the writer believes DigiTimes is the most reliable source around. A lot of people would disagree with that.
     
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    Pricing is gonna be a major factor, iPad 2 (still the best tablet ever)
    sells for £299.99

    its welcome 7" thought but we have to be reasonable here but then again it Apple we gossiping about
     
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    Why not put two rumors together... "iPad mini" is actually the AppleTV controller...

    Just a thought.

    Look at the time it's being released, close to the time a supposed AppleTV comes around.
     
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    Umm, good for you?
     
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    But it will be magical. And dual core.
     
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    I hope it happens. I want a second iPad (my daughter has taken over the first) and a smaller one would fit me a little better. If they keep it to $250 or so then I'm in for one.

    Maybe Apple is going to aim for the Nook/Kindle buyer?
     
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    My wife thinks 7" is perfect.
     

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