'iPad Mini' Rumors Revived with Claims of 7.85-Inch Screen

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwan's United Daily News reports [Google translation] that Apple has received samples of 7.85-inch screens carrying the same 1024x768 resolution of the current iPad. The report (via Unwired View) claims that AU Optronics and LG Display have sent samples of the display to Apple, which is reportedly targeting a launch for the "iPad mini" early next year.

    Previous mockup of a 7-inch "iPad mini"
    It is unclear how Apple and its developers would handle a considerably smaller screen for this iPad mini at the same resolution as the current iPad. While maintaining the current resolution would mean that iPad apps would display natively on the iPad mini, the interface elements would be somewhat smaller than on the iPad, a reduction that could introduce usability issues in some cases.

    Steve Jobs had also famously panned 7-inch tablets from competitors, claiming that roughly 10 inches was the minimum screen size needed for a useful tablet.

    Apple has been said to be interesting in fending of Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet, which is launching next month at a $199 price point. Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White had noted just last week that his research among Asian suppliers is indeed pointing toward Apple releasing an "iPad mini" early next year to take on the Kindle Fire. White cautioned, however, that the "mini" moniker was in reference to the device's price rather than necessarily meaning a smaller device.
    Apple is widely rumored to be preparing to introduce the iPad 3 early next year, a device which is said to carry a Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution. A smaller iPad at the lower resolution of the current iPad could enable Apple to lower entry-level price points for its tablet products if it does indeed view Amazon as a significant threat.

    Article Link: 'iPad Mini' Rumors Revived with Claims of 7.85-Inch Screen
  2. HussamRaed macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2011
    wow i didn't think they would do another rumor about the iPad mini
  3. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    This. Will. Not. Happen.

    There's not even any evidence here except some analyst talking out of his butt.
  4. Monkey194545 macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
    7...too small...7.85..juuuuust right :p /sarcasm
  5. mbarriault macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    I'm not a fan of the idea of a 7" screen, though I think an iPad min/iPod maxi with dimensions that align perfectly with a trade paperback would be a hit against the Fire.
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Same as the 4" iPhone rumors: Just because some people would want it does not mean Apple is going to do it.

    Now, I consider a smaller iPad more likely than a 4" iPhone, but I still don't see it happening this year or next.

    It may happen eventually. I'm not saying it's impossible. In fact, Apple probably DOES have a prototype of one. I'm just saying that I see no business need for them to offer one now.
  7. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  8. bkj216 macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2010
  9. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Apple is not smart enough to innovate. iPhone 4S = example
  10. ActionJax macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    To fight Kindle Fire: iPad 3 starts at $499. iPad 2 low-end model drops to $349.
  11. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Could it be that the current iPad resolution gets crammed into the 7" size via a higher density display, and the new full size model, getting its own HD display is the one that gets the bigger resolution developers have to re-render their graphics for?

    Still, I don't see a 7" happening, but that's just, like, my opinion, man.
  12. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    7.85 is quite a bit larger than 7 when you're talking about surface area.
  13. Forks macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    Cheltenham, UK
    oh yeah like the iphone mini.... the late SJ spoke about why Apple will not make a smaller ipad.... it's just not going to happen at all
  14. johnnielse macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    I don't believe it. Why would Apple not use the same iPhone-legacy model for their iPads? When the anticipated retina iPad 3 hits next year, I'm pretty sure the iPad 2 gets a lower price and stays on the market.
  15. Wang Foolio macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2010
    2048x736 would be a strange resolution for the iPad 3 :D

    Anyway the idea of a smaller, cheaper Kindle Fire style alternative would be interesting. 8" 8GB A5 would probably weigh in a lot cheaper than a resolution-doubled 10" running A6.
  16. akugyaku macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    Quick, somebody make a bunch of cases for it!
  17. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    This would be great, but what would be the point though? ;3
  18. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    "fending of"??

    My son would be all over this. He is begging me for a Touch or Nook, doesn't want a large tablet.
  19. mms13 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    A $349 iPad 2 is like a $15 profit after manufacturing costs for Apple.
  20. fxtech macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2008
    Not if it costs $500.


    They could give them away. They are raking in far more on their App Store 30%.
  21. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Won't happen.

    The specs of these devices are a small portion of the equation, the majority of which is dominated by the software. (Which is dominated by third-party apps.)

    Adding another smaller (physically) device with the same (or similar) resolution will result in developers having to write code/design graphics for a third scale. This is what Google got wrong, and Apple has (so far) gotten right.
  22. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Not even close. Apple doesn't use the video game strategy like Nintendo/Sony.
  23. jouster macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2002
    I don't think that's the case. Apple has generally seen most of its profits come from hardware, not software or content.
  24. kiljoy616 macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
  25. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    The screen and memory are like 1/2 the manufacturing cost of the iPad.

    A smaller panel and lower memory (base of 16GB) would drastically reduce the price.

    Not to mention the prices of components falling since the last iPad manufacturing cost estimate came out.

    I would guess that as there are samples being sent out - Apple is toying with the idea at this point. Seeing if they can come up with something that is profitable. Not meaning its a 100% guarantee.

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