Production of 7.85-Inch iPad Rumored for 3Q 2012 at the Earliest

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DigiTimes, which has several times in past addressed rumors of a smaller 7.85-inch iPad, has published a new report today claiming that Apple's manufacturing partners have been delivering samples of the device to Apple ahead of mass production that would start in the third quarter of this year at the earliest.
    The report suggests that Apple will price the smaller iPad in the range of $249-$299, with a rumored 8 GB iPad 2 occupying a price point at $349-$399. The report also claims that Apple could continue offering the 16 GB iPad 2 at $449 to fill out a low-end grouping below the flagship iPad 3 lineup.

    We previously mocked up what a 7.85-inch iPad would look like, creating print-suitable documents to allow readers to test out the size for themselves either on paper or displayed on a current 9.7-inch iPad. With the device rumored to carry the same 1024x768 resolution of the iPad 2 but at a smaller physical size, some user interface elements would become rather small, but primary elements such as icons and the keyboard seem very usable at the smaller size.

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  2. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
  3. pewra macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2011
  4. Ajones330 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2008
    SEC Country
    I seriously would consider a smaller version... Just don't want a 10 inch tablet
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Scheduled for 3Q. Why? Because it doesn't exist and won't exist this year.
  6. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Digitimes is working hard to churn out the BS today!
  7. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Meh. DigiTimes rumors. Why is their lifetime track record? It's gotta be in the neighborhood of 8%.
  8. bb426 macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    We keep seeing these "two releases in the same year" stories. When are they gonna learn...?
  9. Brad9893 macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    Hiding Under the Genius Bar
  10. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Look—Digitimes can keep making up stuff about the iPad mini all day long. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen. First it was spring last year, then the end of 2011, then in the spring, and now it's back to autumn 2012. It just isn't going to happen. Get over it Digitimes. The 9.7" iPad is a runaway success.
  11. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Multiple sources have reported the testing of a smaller iPad.
  12. Sith Vol macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    Memphis, TN
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    No joke. Two bogus articles within 10 minutes of each other.

    However, I'd love a smaller iPad. Just my opinion though. I'd at least hope Apple would announce that there will be a smaller one in Q3. Just wouldn't make sense for them to realize another iPad 4+ months later.
  13. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Eight percent? Are you kidding?!?

    It's probably 0.8%.

    Heck, Digitimes is probably being ghost written by Shaw Wu, Gene Munster and Katy Huberty.

    :) :p :D

    Digitimes is just link baiting Apple rumor sites, enticing naive bloggers to recirculate their blatantly fabricated lies.

    And get what? IT WORKS!

  14. SandynJosh macrumors 68000

    Oct 26, 2006
    I'm not saying Apple wouldn't ever make a 7.85" display device, but I will say that Jobs will rise up out of his grave and git whoever does it.

    Maybe this isn't a smaller iPad, but a larger iPod Touch!! Yeah, that's it....
  15. YeahBuddy macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I used to really doubt this, but with the success of the Kindle Fire I actually think it'd be a smart move. Consumers are buying the Fire because of it's price point, not because of its specs and user experience. If Apple releases a Kindle Fire competitor, they could truly dominate the tablet market.

    I personally wouldn't be interested in a 7.85" tablet, but at $249 you have to also wonder what will happen to their 8GB iPod Touch.
  16. pewra macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2011
    Point is, they don't need to compete, iPad is everything.

    I've never seen a single Kindle Fire in the wild.
  17. iWonderwhy macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2010
  18. stfwayne macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2011
    What about this:

    7.7 Ipad 249

    8G Ipad 2 349

    16G Ipad 2 449

    16G Ipad 3 549
  19. JS3 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
  20. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    I doubt it comes in at $249. I could see the lineup by year's end being.

    iPod Touch

    iPod Touch 8GB - 179
    iPod Touch 32GB - 249
    iPod Touch 64GB - 349

    iPad Mini

    iPad Mini 8GB - $299
    iPad Mini 16GB -$349

    iPad 2

    iPad 2 8GB - $399

    iPad 3

    iPad 3 32GB - $599
    iPad 3 64GB - $699
  21. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    The naysayers must take that stance to bolster their need for negativity. You'd think they'd trust that Apple knows what they're doing.

    I for one will buy a minimum of two of the smaller iPads, as an ideal more mobile companion to my full size models. The smaller size is just right for international flights where a more compact size is appropriate.

    My opinion is once they've been shipped, suddenly they'll be praised as though Apples done the impossible. Funny the hypocrisy.
  22. klrobinson999 macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2008
    Apple has been able to thrive by keeping it simple. They would be better off adding a cheaper iPad 2 to the mix than the smaller version.

    If they are considering all these products - iPad Mini, iTV - then some streamlining needs to occur. Don't become HP!
  23. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I peronally dislike the idea of an smaller ipad. Please dont let apple become samsung that has a device for every single since from 2.5" to 70" in .2" increments :(.
  24. till macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2007
    New York or Berlin
    Still no. This is not a product that Apple wants to make. A lower price (to get anywhere near the Kindle Fire) undoubtedly means lower profit margins, and it would cannibalize sales of the iPad. It's another damn platform for iOS developers to support, and there's no way to sell it as magical and revolutionary.

    Not gonna happen.
  25. shanmugam macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
    Why it is taking long?

    while samsung churning out 7" tabs.

    1024x768 pixel 7" or near to 8" will work wonders. let us wait and see.

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