7 inch iPad, Still a possibility

Discussion in 'iPad' started by IKBest, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. IKBest macrumors member

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    I'm sure apple could squeeze the current resolution of the ipad onto a 7 inch screen. Retina display? But I still dont think a 7 inch ipad is likely.
     
  2. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

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    Anything is possible. I have no prediction as to when, but I do think they will come out with one. It is the same strategy that they used with the iPod. Create a good product. Make it great with refinements and as cost can come down a bit and improvements in technology. Release various sizes and types to fit everyone's needs.
     
  3. WLS macrumors 65816

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    No, no 7 inch iPad.
    There will be a 5 inch iphone and iPod by Fall to fill in that niche.
    Seriously, if Apple is bringing out 5 inch devices why would they also bring out a 7 inch.
    I don't think they would.
     
  4. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    the only way i could see apple creating a smaller iPad is if the resolution matched the current iPad 2.
     
  5. VinceDae macrumors regular

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    Apple are NOT going to make a 5" iPhone (not anytime soon) ... MAYBE we'll see a 4" or as I think a 3,7" - Most iPhone/Apple buyers, buy primary for looks and a 5" phone will NEVER be a good looking phone :p

    - Nor are they going to make a 7" iPad (anytime soon) - If anything they could be making a new addition in a year or so, maybe call it "iPod Touch Pro" or "iPad Reader" for those who want a "in between" tablet-thingy...

    Well, thats what I think, but as we all know, all our "knowledge" is just guesses! :D
     
  6. maclook macrumors 65816

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    7" iPad with current iPad resolution
    4" iPhone - I think .5" is a big enough difference for a phone. No need to jump all the way to 5". I believe the 4" can use the same resolution and still be considered a Retina Display.

    Many people buy Android phones because they think the iPhone is too small and many people buy Kindle Fires because the iPad is too big so there is a market for both products.

    I think the 7" iPad is over a year away but the iPhone, going into it's 6th generation, should be ready to branch into a family of products. A 3.5" and 4" would be a good lineup.

    I personally just want a big external touch screen for my iPad.
     
  7. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking Apple will release a 7" iPad with 1024x768 and virtually same specs as the iPad 2 for $299 in September or October.
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    almost anything in possible but i just don't see them doing this. there really is no compelling reason. the iPhone is just about a perfect size and the iPad is a perfect size (although i will concede that the bezel could be made smaller).

    what exactly would be the benefits of a 7" iPad? i just don't see it.
     
  9. maclook macrumors 65816

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    I know multiple people who have a Kindle Fire and prefer it because of its size. Although I would never get a Kindle Fire, I do see their point. You can't hold an iPad like you would a small paperback. It's too big and heavy. Many people also prefer the 7" size for public commuting.

    The same goes for big people want a bigger iPhone.

    Although Apple makes a great 10" iPad and 3.5" iPhone, there's really no such thing as a perfect size. Just like the iPod and Macs before, I expect the iPad and iPhone to grow into a family of products that come in different sizes.
     
  10. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Perhaps as an entry level device with a more affordable price point. Get more people into the fold. Might also offer competition for the likes of Kindle Fire.

    I don't think it would cannibalize the 9.75 iPad market as it might appeal to those who couldn't afford (or didn't want to spend) $500 or $600 for a full sized iPad.
     
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

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    I want one, but I'm done talking about it out here. Some people simply can't Think Different until Apple gives them permission to.
     
  12. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    Apple can do whatever it wants, but that's not just a reason to release it. :rolleyes:
     
  13. WLS, Feb 24, 2012
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    WLS macrumors 65816

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    well that's pretty much what I said.. A 5 inch Touch is coming if not a phone too. They can call it the touch reader or phat touch or whatever but such a 5 inch device would make more sense than a 7 inch iPad and do all that people say they need a 7 inch tablet for.
    PS Most of these people who want a 7 inch iPad really just want a cheaper iPad and they think some how if the screen is smaller then it will sell for the same as a Kindle. That's not the case, a 7 inch iPad would still have to sell for $399 and at that price just get a full size one. Sure the screen might be cheaper and but most of the other components will have to be the $ame. The case is going to cost the same to make and the battery would be smaller and might not last as long..
     
  14. VinceDae macrumors regular

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    Yeah but you said its going to be this year, Im not so sure about that - And a 5" phone will prob. never happen :)
     
  15. wirelessness macrumors 6502

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    Doubtful...if a 7" iPad was imminent there would likely have been some sort of leaks come out by now. No blurry cam shots of a smaller screen or a casings makes it more unlikely.
     
  16. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

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    7"... hmm...
    Too big to be a phone, too small to be a tablet. What could it possibly be ?
    The iDunno ?
     

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