All iPads Can the iPad get any smaller?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by KittyKatta, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. KittyKatta macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2011
    A few months ago then a large majority of Apple forums everywhere claimed "The iPad is perfect and anything smaller won't work". My point isn't to call anyone out, but clearly that statement is wrong so now I'm curious how much smaller a functional iPad could actually get. And more specifically, is it possible to hit a phone size so that we could have an option for something like a 5" iPhone that runs iPad apps (iPhad?).

    Thanks for any responses.
  2. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    Hard to say. Traditionally, at least since the second coming, Apple has tried to keep the product line pretty simple. If the market demands a 5" device than Apple may go that route. At the moment though I'd say the demand isn't there
  3. LanEvo macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010

    They already have one... It's called the iPhone 5.
  4. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    iPad Nano! It's an iPod Touch with a 4.6 inch screen! :p
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I already find the iPad apps on the mini to be a bit uncomfortable to use -- the touch targets are a bit too small, the visual elements a bit too crowded and/or too small to see comfortably. For any smaller iOS device, we should expand iPhone apps, rather than shrink iPad apps.
  6. xofruitcake macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2012
    Agreed. Ipod touch gen 5 at 4 inches screen can do everything that Ipad mini can do (whether one want it is a different matter). It even come with retina display..
  7. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    My iPhone 5 only has a 4" screen.
  8. EMAN19 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    A 5-inch device seems pointless.

    It's been said already; there's the 4-inch iPhone 5.

    iPad mini makes perfect sense as it's a happy medium. Not quite as small as the iPhone 5 and not too big like the iPad. Great in between size. Anything else is overkill, like Samsung. Was the 5-inch Galaxy Note really necessary? Not really.
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Anything's possible. Whether it's likely or not is another matter entirely. The Mini manages to fit into a niche between the iPhone/iPod Touch and full size iPad. There's really not much space in between IMO.

    If an iPod Touch and an iPad SuperMini have the same screen size and resolution then what makes an app an iPad app versus iPhone?

    It's not wrong. One can certainly hold the opinion that the iPad is the perfect size. Clearly everyone didn't run out and swap iPads for Minis. Clearly it's a subjective matter.
  10. Jimmie Geddes macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    A bird told me that history will repeat itself and Apple will discontinue the iPad mini for an iPad nano. Just kidding;)

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