RUMOR: Apple plans to launch lighter iPad with smaller 7-inch screen

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News reported Tuesday that Apple plans to launch a second-generation iPad with a 7-inch screen,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

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“The report claimed that the original, 9.7-inch iPad is too big and heavy for many consumers, and the new model will cut weight down from 700 grams to 500 grams,” Marsal reports. “The report said that the new iPad will also use an in-plane switching LCD display for wide viewing angles.”

Marsal reports, “Rumors of an iPad with a smaller form factor have persisted for months, but in recent weeks they have picked up considerable steam. Last week, another report from Taiwan suggested that the new iPad will have a Cortex-A9 processor and a screen resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

43 Comments

  1. Exactly what I’ve been waiting for …. bigger than a touch yet smaller than the iPad … which I just demoed at an apple store. Too big for my taste …. smaller is better! …… I think it will sell like crazy!

  2. I don’t get: now apps are developed for two different display sizes. That’s still ok but adding another one… Isn’t that one of the issues of Android, cater to different sizes?

  3. The rumors have the screen resolution same as the current iPad. So nothingnwill change.

    Just cost and size choice. All the programs for the iPad will display at native resolution. Even the iPhone apps will be clear compared to the current iPad- pixels will not be stretched as much on the 7inch screen.

  4. @BlueMeanie71, actually there are currently *three* sizes… or more accurately, there resolutions: original iPhone, iPhone 4 w/Retina display, and iPad.

    Since we still haven’t hit the holy grail of resolution-independent graphics (even if OSX and iOS support it, it’s still far easier for app developers to manipulate pixels in a paint program than to do them as vector graphics in a drawing program), this is a problem that will haunt multi-resolution OSes and their apps for some time.

  5. I have doubts about this rumor, because a new 7 inch model without optimizing the UI of every single App to the new display size is not Apple´s style and developers are still busy with changes for iphone retina display as well as with for adaption of the 9,7 inch ipad size. It is still too early to diversify the iPad model range. There is more chance for a “retina update”
    for the coming 3,5 ´´ ipod touch as well as for the next 9,7´´ iPad.

  6. For people who want mostly an eReader, but may also want some of the other bells and whistles this might just be perfect. While I had adapted well to my Ipad for reading… my wife still has a fondness for her mother’s kindle. I think a little smaller and lighter would help this catch on more with readers.

    Also, iBooks Store needs to improve in selection and pricing… or else Apple should just hand over the ePrint market to Amazon. The prices can be significantly different, and the selection is terrible through Apple.

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