Apple, suppliers test iPad with smaller 8-inch screen, sources say

“Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test a new tablet computer with a smaller screen, people familiar with the situation said, as it looks to broaden its product pipeline amid intensifying competition and maintain its dominant market share,” Lorraine Luk and Jessica E. Vascellaro report for The Wall Street Journal.

“Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around 8-inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it.,” Luk and Vascellaro report. “Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad 2, comes with a 9.7-inch screen. It was launched last year.”

Luk and Vascellaro report, “One person said the smaller device will have a similar resolution screen as the iPad 2. Apple is working with screen makers including Taiwan-based AU Optronics Co. and LG Display Co. of South Korea to supply the test panels, the person said… The move comes as Apple is preparing to announce a new iPad in early March, according to people familiar with the matter. That device is expected to have a higher resolution screen than the iPad 2 with a similar screen size, according to people familiar with the matter. A version will run on fourth-generation wireless networks from Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.”

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27 Comments

  1. Funny, Apple isn’t working with Shamsucks for the 8″ screen? Puzzling, hmm. I do think Apple will make a smaller $299 iPad just to kick Amazon CEO Jeff Bozo hard in the nuts and remind him who’s boss.

  2. It will happen! Apple is pushing the education market and a smaller, much cheaper device is perfect for the primary grades….. where they just happen to have the smaller digits that are needed.

    They’ll sell billions, to the school systems.

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