Rumors of an iPad smaller than Apple’s current 9.7-inch model have long dogged the Cupertino company, but the talk is heating up this year — just as Google tries to go big with its Jelly Bean-based Nexus 7 from Asus.
The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
A smaller, less expensive iPad could undercut the ambitions of Google, Microsoft and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) to gain traction in the advancing tablet market, said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. The new device will probably have a price closer to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, both of which have 7-inch screens and cost $199.
So, We might expect a MINI IPAD soon in the market….
Analyst claims the iPad Mini could land in September, alongside the much-mooted iPhone 5.
courtesy : http://www.bloomberg.com, theverge.com, t3.com
Mahesh (MGIT ECE Alumni)