RUMOR: Apple to launch 7.85-inch iPad in late 2012

“Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain,” Max Wang and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“In order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated,” Wang and Steve Shen report. “In addition to purchasing 7.85-inch panels from LG Display, Apple will also buy panels from AU Optronics.”

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  1. There’s a bunch of creatives on this chilly English hilltop ready to queue for this one.

    Or same screen-size as iP2 but with a reduced-width bezel might achieve the same thing.

  2. … will MDN, et al, shut up about the “tiny screen” Fire (for example)?
    I have an iPad 2. I was initially hoping for a smaller screen model. Now I know that 9.7″ is marginal. The smaller screen I’d hoped for might have been good for an iPod touch, not an iPad.

  3. With the anticipated size of the tablet market it may make sense for Apple to have introduce another model at a slightly lower price point to target a different group of consumers.

    Despite what Steve said about filing fingernails, we all use our 3.5″ iPhone just fine. I’m sure Apple can make a great 7-8″ tablet that will sell millions.

    1. Yeah but it’s not 7 inches it’s 7.85 inches. Makes all the difference. Actually I do believe Apple will do this even if most of us crew wouldn’t say we’d buy it – but we would.

  4. this will happen eventually, there are many uses for a 7″ ipod touch. for example, car systems. Apple will someday enter the car market because They own multitouch don’t forget theres a huge profesional market for screens to tap on.

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