RUMOR: Apple orders 7.85-inch iPad mini display samples from suppliers

“According to the Taiwanese Economic Daily News, two potential suppliers – Korean LG Display and Taiwanese AU Optronics – have recently sent samples of their iPad Mini displays to Apple,” Staska reports for Unwired View.

“EDN sources tell them that Apple has already set the specifications for the smaller tablet, which is scheduled to ship early next year,” Staska reports. “iPad mini display panel size is 7.85” and it has the same resolution as the iPad 2.”

Staska reports, “While Steve Jobs dismissed 7′ tablets in Apple’s earnings conference call a year ago, it does not mean much. Steve has been known to publicly deny and dismiss a lot of products until Apple was ready to launch them. E.g.video iPod or even the idea of tablet PC itself.”

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[Attribution: SlashGear. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward Weber” for the heads up.]

26 Comments

  1. Let’s play naughty and leak out the rumor that Apple is doing this to create a device that will be released to the channel, in its new, post-Jobs’ bid to usurp the idiot realm of HP, Dell, and Lenovo. Why not?

  2. With a proportionately adjusted price, more or less, owing to the smaller screen size, I am there. Anything I can do to help out a struggling company with not a dime in the bank…

    1. Apple has patent for sensor which can detect fingers approaching to concrete place of a screen.

      If technology now already allow to implement this patent, then Apple might come with iPad mini, which would scale up dynamically UI elements to which user moves a finger.

      This would allow to keep UI uniform between normal and mini-iPad, without fragmentating applications and user experience.

      However, I doubt that this technology is already ready. And without it, Apple would not mess with their platform to make developers do another version of applications.

  3. There’s no doubt that Apple does research, testing, and development with touch screens of all different sizes. A few sample units like this doesn’t suggest anything new. The drawbacks and potential benefits of fragmenting iOS into a third in between screen size still have not changed.

  4. I like the idea of a smaller more portable iPad, but I really hope it is ruggedized.
    For my type of work and even for retailers like Sears and Lowes for the employees to use, or for kids and education I think smaller more ruggedized-out-of-the-box ipad would be great.

  5. Are these the same sources that said iPhone 5 and iPhone “mini” would release in Oct? These rumors were the main cause of absent-minded outrage over the 4S release. Maybe if the rumors stop flowing so heavily, people would learn to appreciate the vast differences between original and “S” model devices.

    1. I agree with you.

      I have zero evidence of what I’m going to say, except one small piece.

      I think apple is going to do a mid-sized device that is game-centric. Apple did not upgrade the processor in the iPod touch. I have not heard anyone really dissect that. Why? Why not put the processor in the iPod?

      The game demo at the iPhone event was only for the phone (specifically the iPhone processor).

      Three devices. Music device; game device; work/leisure device. However, the reality is they all accomplish the same thing, just different emphasis and price points.

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