Is Apple Really Developing An iPad “Mini” With A Smaller 7.86-Inch Display?
For months now, there have been rumors flying around about the new “iPad Mini” that Apple is reportedly working on. Despite the fact that Steve Jobs was vehemently against the idea of introducing a smaller version of Apple’s tablet to the marketplace, there have been recent reports indicating that Apple wants to eliminate the possibility of another company creating a smaller tablet than the iPad and creating themselves a niche in the market. As a result, everyone from Bloomberg to The Wall Street Journal have reported about the rumored “iPad Mini” and provided some details on its existence. But, now, we’re starting to get the ideas that it really is going to be released soon after a new report in The New York Times.
The new report says that Apple is going to take the same approach that they did with the iPod several years ago with the new smaller version of the iPad. Back then, other companies were creating MP3 players that were smaller than the iPod and marketing it as such. So, Apple jumped into the mix and started creating things like the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Classic to give everyone the option of how big or small they wanted their iPod to be. Similarly, they reportedly want to give people options when it comes to their tablet. So, they’re said to be working on a new iPad that has a 7.86-inch display as opposed to the much larger one on the current iPad. It’ll also retail for way less than $499, which will open up the market for Apple and give them access to a whole new batch of consumers.
Is that really what Apple is doing, though—or is the NYT just giving their best guess? We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the course of the next few months. But, if Apple is planning on releasing a smaller iPad—an “iPad Mini” as some have suggested—it’s not a terrible idea. There are plenty of people out there who’d like to get their hands on an iPad right now but can’t necessarily afford it. There are also people who would like a smaller tablet to take on the road with them. So, Apple may be on to something here.
But, what do you think? Will you be first in line for a smaller iPad—or should Apple just stick with what’s already worked for them in terms of the iPad?