This is what a 7.85-inch iPad looks and feels like

“There’s been increasing chatter in the rumor mill about the possibility of a smaller 7.85″ iPad that could be introduced sometime in 2012,” Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors.

“The supply chain has actually been very specific about the screen size of this rumored iPad. According to Chinese manufacturers, Apple is buying up 7.85″ screens for this upcoming mini iPad. So, we asked our friends at CiccareseDesign to put together these mockups of what a 7.85″ iPad would look like in comparison to the existing 9.7″ iPad,” Kim reports. “They also created [an] ‘actual size’ PDF that can be printed out so you can play with one yourself in real life… If you don’t have a printer handy, you can view it in actual size in an iPad web browser. If you save it as a web icon on your home screen, it will then launch without a menu bar so you can fully appreciate the size.”

Kim reports, “We should point out that Steve Jobs had been adamant that a 10-inch screen is the minimum necessary for a tablet, and in a conference call said that he didn’t believe a 7-inch tablet was a good user experience: ‘We’re not not making a 7-inch tablet because we don’t want to hit a lower price point. We just believe it’s too small to hit the user experience people want. When we make decisions, it’s not about cost, it’s about value when you factor in the software. We’re all about the best products at aggressive prices.’ So, based on that stance, it might seem unlikely that Apple would produce such a device, but they’ve been known to change their mind before.”

Read more and get the PDF and links in the full article here.

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30 Comments

  1. The screen ratio is what set’s that apple concept apart. It’s actually a great size. I could see business people and kids teenagers it over the larger size. As a remote of sorts on the coffee table and as a game controllers it also works better than the other sizes.
    If the price is right I could see this as another huge hit.

  2. Maybe the 7.85 ipad mini would be sold with an Apple TV. Still functioning as an ipad, but also a dedicated apple tv “remote”. One that never left the living room, or always sat on the coffee table. Makes sense.

  3. I don’t get, we’re supposed to read books on the iPad and play games on the iPad and conduct everyday business it, right? Then according to MDN’s usual stance on this much less Steve’s we shouldn’t be able to do these things on the iPhone. Wrong.
    I am waiting for the iPad 3 before I jump on board the band wagon. If I have to choose between the 7.85 and the 10 I will probably go for the smaller of the two. It’s easier to handle and the buttons will be plenty big enough. If the aren’t then I’ll pinch just like I do now on the iPhone.

  4. I could see such a device, but frankly they would be smarter to market it as a large iPod touch, than an iPad mini. That way they don’t have to eat Steve’s words, and that puts it (and ALL other 7-8 inch form factors) in the ‘toy’ category, further distancing the competition from the iPad level. The big challenge would be things like the Kindle Fire, because of its loss-leader pricing, and the fact that this device would be expected to cost more than a touch.

    1. a 7.85″ iPod would be “small tablet sized” – but would only run blown-up phone apps. and what’s the point of THAT?? Not gonna happen. If an 8″ model comes out it’ll be an iPad. If a a 5-6″ model comes out THAT will be an iPod.

  5. I don’t care mini ipad what not. The price point is major issue for me. But I don’t think that apple will break major point like what amazon did. It is just impossible for apple. Apple products still keep expensive. Quality is matter though. But apple can’t continue to hit the market with this strategy.

  6. A 7.85 inch iPod would go over big with the kids for sure. An iPad, not so sure unless it was considerly lighter. Current iPad 2 still too heavy for reading for a long time.

  7. Man I think MacRumors nailed it. I wasn’t entirely convinced an “iPad mini” would make sense until I saw that picture. I kept envisioning a Kindle Fire/Galaxy Tab/Nook Color/PlayBook with a skinny iOS homepage plastered on front, but where they all fail is the screen ratio. 4:3 at 7.85″ would make a huge difference.

    You put that on the market at $299, leave the iPad 2 on shelves at $399 and introduce the iPad 3 at $499 and Apple would be untouchable. They’d have all their bases covered.

      1. That argument fails the common sense test; humans are not clones. Human fingers are not identical. The variation in the width of a finger tip across a population, from person to person, varies MUCH more than the mere 20% reduction in screen size going from 10 inches to 8 inches. A 300-pound NFL linebacker and a 10-year-old child BOTH find the current iPad perfectly usable. Imagine that…

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