Slimmed-Down iPad Due This October?
For some time Apple has officially shown little interest in releasing a cheaper and smaller iPad tablet computer to compete with the budget-priced Amazon Kindle Fire or Barnes & Noble Nook. But if new rumours are to be believed, that position appears to be changing.
According to a new report, Apple is not only working on a smaller iPad, complete with 7-inch display, but it has a fall 2012 launch window in mind. The Internet site iMore recently noted that “reliable” sources say Apple will release a “mini” iPad for between $200 and $250 this October.
If the rumor is true, it gives Apple one more opportunity to squelch opposition in this nascent though extremely lucrative market.
Although the new iPad will be significantly smaller and cheaper than its bigger brother, iMore says that it will continue to feature a lush display with resolutions of 2,048 by 1,536. However, the new, mini iPad would ship with considerably less storage space: 8GB rather than the 16GB or 32GB available with the current iPad.
Given this fact, some experts are suggesting the new iPad is designed to fill a hole between the base iPod Touch digital media player and the existing iPad tablet.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors that Apple is working on a smaller iPad. Late last year it was reported that the Cupertino, California-based firm had started manufacturing (or was in the planning process of building) a device with a 7.85-inch display.
Already people are throwing their support behind the idea of a trimmed-down iPad. According to a recent survey by PriceGrabber, 52 per cent of 2,603 American shoppers said they would consider purchasing such a device from Apple.
The only foreseeable problem with the new tablet is its small storage capacity. Given the enormous number of apps available for the current iPad, it’s likely an 8GB hard drive would fill up mighty fast.