Production of 7.85-Inch iPad Reportedly Moving Closer as More Suppliers Named

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Digitimes has been one of the biggest sources of rumors regarding a potential "iPad mini" carrying a 7.85-inch screen that the publication says Apple is targeting for release later this year. Digitimes now points to a new report [Google translation] from Taiwanese newspaper United Evening News making similar claims and outlining a number of companies making up Apple's supply chain for the device.

    According to the report, Apple will be utilizing Pegatron as its assembler for the device, forgoing its main partner Foxconn for this project. Apple and Pegatron do, however, have a long-standing relationship with the assembler already contributing to iPhone production and rumored at several points to be involved in iPad 3 production as well.

    Mockup of 7.85-inch iPad next to an iPhone
    On the display side, the report claims that LG Display will be responsible for 70-75% of the workload for the smaller iPad, with AU Optronics handling the remainder. Samsung, which is a key part of Apple's supply chain but with which Apple is currently engaged in a massive patent dispute, has reportedly been shut out of display production for the new device. The report also claims that Radiant Opto-Electronics and Forhouse will be contributing backlight components for the 7.85-inch iPad.

    The newspaper had previously named LG and AU Optronics as display suppliers for the device, claiming in October that Apple was planning to launch the smaller iPad early this year. The Wall Street Journal weighed in last month with its own claims that Apple was working with those companies on the project, but noted that there is no guarantee Apple will ever release the device.

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  2. macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2011
  3. macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    "It will be called 'iPhone 5'"
  5. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    It's great for the people who want a smaller tablet, but I think they have nailed it with the current 9.7" display. It's not too big, but not too small either. The same goes for Samsung and Asus by the way, who also have excellent screen diagonals around the 10"-mark.
  6. macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2012
    What is peoples obsession with having bigger phones and smaller tablets? I don't get it.
  7. shadowkhas, Mar 5, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2006
  8. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
    iNote. It will sell Millions. DO NOT underestimate the power of "purse compliant". :apple:
  9. macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2011
    The Hague, The Netherlands
    I hope this doesn't happen. Not only for the unnecessary product diversification that got to Apple when John Sculley was in charge.

    Also I hope this doesn't happen for all those developers out there having to resize their apps once again.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2010
    The 10" iPad is great for home use, but I think a 8" iPad is better for on the go.
  11. JGowan, Mar 5, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012

    macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2003
    Mineola TX
    I don't know why people poopoo the idea of a cheaper, smaller iPad. One of the main reasons why people are buying the Kindle Fire is for their kids. They have smaller fingers AND at $200, they can justify buying a tablet for the child. I know someone very happy with the purchase because of Amazon Prime and the free movies and tv shows that you can stream with the annual subscription to the program.

    I think children need to be addicted to these things too. They are Apple's future revenue! :D
  12. macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    And somewhere Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2011
    Unfortunately true
  14. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
    ....and there are millions who see it the same way. :apple:
  15. macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2003
    Fort Thomas, KY
    I wonder... the current iPad 2 resolution works out in terms of PPI for a smaller tablet of this size? If high enough, devs would not have to add yet another set of graphics.
  16. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
    Not. He was involved with this. :apple:
  17. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

    Full size magazines are just about readable on iPad.

    Anything smaller and you either have to see everything at 1/2 size or scroll ALOT.
  18. pmz
    macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    I'm sure Digitimes is wrong, but...

    Its possible Apple thinks the iPad mini could do for iPad, what the iPod mini did for iPod. The iPod mini hit the right price point, and with limited storage and screen size, blew the iPod market into the stratosphere.

    A $199 iPad mini, could do that too. It wouldn't be for the traditional iPad buyer, but neither was the iPod mini for the iPod buyer.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007

    i was thinking about this exactly.
  20. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Agreed. I have quite a few pockets in which I can stuff my 7" Kindle, and I can alwasy hand it to my wife to stuff in her purse. It's a huge advantage. I much prefer to read as a time killer rather than play Angry Birds.
  21. macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2011
    When I first saw an iPad in real life I was actually surprised how small the thing really was. The even smaller form factors seem entirely pointless to me.
  22. macrumors 68010


    Jul 11, 2008
    Oh no! Better call Apple and cancel them then!
  23. macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    for those of you questioning why Apple ought to do this is:

    1- One size does not fit all, many smaller tablets are more affordable and work well.

    2- kids can play and do well with smaller sizes, in my house, it would be great to have a smaller device my kids can share to learn with and more.

    3- cost. these devices cost alot, more than some competing full sized laptops. why not do it smaller and bring prices down. people need more cost effective options.
  24. macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    This rumor always seems odd for a variety of reasons.

    I can understand smaller hands wanting a smaller device, but the regular is good for most everyone.

    When you get a smaller iPad you get less battery, probably less hardware, and most likely less function. Why? A travel-sized iPad? Whu?

    If the rumors of iPad4 in October are coming true, perhaps the iPad4 has such expanded capability that it will bridge the market to home computer function and make room for a smaller iPad that works like these last iPads/iPod Touches. Thus a release of such a device later in the year.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Apr 23, 2010
    Since it takes a year or more and several mockups to produce a new device, I'm sure Steve Jobs had input into this, if not actually authorizing it.

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