Apple Reportedly Planning to Launch Smaller iPad in Early 2011

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In a brief note, DigiTimes reports that Apple appears to planning to launch a smaller version of the iPad as soon as the first quarter of next year, bringing a sub-$400 price tag to a device carrying a display of 5-7 inches.Apple is reportedly scheduling a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad that is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo.

    Kuo, citing talks with upstream component sources, said Apple's smaller-size iPad will be priced below US$400 and will target the highly-portable mobile device market and consumers that focus mainly on reading and do not have a high demand for text input.Reports of a tablet of that general size have been floating around for some time now, with an analyst claiming in August 2009 that Apple had developed a prototype carrying a 6-inch screen. A subsequent report claimed that Apple might be the cause of a major shortage of 7-inch touchscreens in the supplier market. Finally, in late December, a report surfaced claiming that Apple would be introducing a 7-inch tablet the following month.

    While many of these reports indicated that a 6- to 7-inch device could be coming as part of, if not as the entirety of, Apple's tablet launch, the iPad debuted with a larger 9.7-inch screen in line with most other reports. Today's report reveals, however, that rumors of a tablet between that of the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad sizes are not dead and that we may hear more in the future.

    Article Link: Apple Reportedly Planning to Launch Smaller iPad in Early 2011
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Just what we need, an even blurrier line between the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch!
  3. homsar macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009
    The iPad mini? Then the iPod touch can be renamed the iPad nano, and a new 1.5" device can become the iPad shuffle. (Maybe they can extend the top end, giving devices with screen sizes increasing in 2" increments all the way to 30" - or beyond! The SuperiPad Macro Whiteboard could revolutionise the Interactive Whiteboard industry...
  4. Pechente macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Germany / Niedersachsen / Großburgwedel
    People are already making jokes about the "iPad mini" or "iPad nano", so I guess it wouldn't be a great idea for Apple to really produce such thing :D
  5. deus_ex_machina macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2005
    iPad nano? :p

    Jokes didn't stop iPad from becoming reality. ;)
  6. Screwtape macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    To avoid confusion with the iPad, the new iPad Mini will simply be known as the "iPhone".
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Random speculation...

    How would "upstream component sources" know how Apple would price its product?
  8. lifeinhd macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
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    A 5" device is certainly something I would buy, so long as it has a higher resolution than the iPhone and fits in a pocket. I love the Archos 5 because it meets both these criteria.
  9. alm99 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    This sounds absolutely ridiculous and a waste.
  10. AgingGeek macrumors regular

    May 21, 2007
    Yeah, not so much.


    I don't REALLY don't see the need for this (and I bought 3 iPads for my family).

    Not to mention the mess it will make of UI code on the apps.
  11. H00513R macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2010
    The iPad is small enough for me. I can't squint any more than I already am! :D
  12. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
  13. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    I already have an iPad nano. It's called an iPod touch. :p
  14. doctoree macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Secret lair/ Earthmiddlepoint
    Just like the iPhone nano, this wont happen. There is no need or advantage for further product diversification.
  15. serpico macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2004
    Vancouver, BC
    This is getting ridiculous. The iPod Touch is already available, why do we need another touch device? Unless Apple sees this as their future. Even 2 year olds 'get' the iPad, these are Apple's future customers who probably won't even use a keyboard and mouse. They'll just 'Minority Report' everything one day!:D
  16. tuhoops macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2008
    This device would have a screen only 1.5" larger than the iPhone / iPod Touch?Hmm...
  17. houdinize macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Someone is posting rumors into the future. I believe they have just predicted the iPod Touch. If only this smaller tablet could also make phone calls and they could call it the iPod phone or PhonePad or TouchPhone or maybe MacPhone.

    Are we really posting this to page one? Shouldn't this go with all the iPhone mini rumors.

    If it happens I'll buy you all one.
  18. swarmster macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2004
    I've never really understood how those "jokes" work. Even if you believe the iPad is nothing but a big iPod touch (or vice-versa), how does having a bigger or smaller version of something make them both less awesome?

    iPod touch = awesome
    big iPod touch = really awesome

    Am I missing something?
  19. geofly macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2010
    market research

    This is a bit surprising, that they would diversify again so quickly, but I guess there is a section of the market that just want to read books. This new device I guess would have a less flashy screen, somehow more optimized for READING and less for watching movies.
  20. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
  21. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    I was going to blast this - then I realised that it could be pretty clever. If the iBook store etc takes off, and the market for e-readers develop, which it will now that Apple have been making the right business connections - people will want a novel page sized device to read from as it would be more comfortable and lighter than the iPad which people already complain about being heavy. Maybe they'll do away with the iPod Touch altogether..
  22. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    But why ?

    If they release iPhone 4G with higher res display and a iPod Touch shortly after with similar do we need a 1" bigger device doing the same thing again ?

    It's neither as big and comfortable to use as an iPad or small and portable of an iPhone / iPod Touch ? What market is there for something that's niche even for Apple gadget die hards ?

  23. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    But it's just a small iPad.

    (Folks, it's a RUMOR.)
  24. wgilles macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
  25. phinsup macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    SE Florida

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