Apple to unveil smaller 7.85-inch iPad this year, says anonymous Samsung official

“Despite ongoing patent battles in the courts, Apple is planning to buy parts worth a record $11 billion from Samsung Electronics this year, an official from Apple’s one Korea-based parts supplier said Sunday,” Kim Yoo-chul reports for The Korea Times.

“‘The amount of the current contract is around $9.7 billion,’ the official said, adding that the popularity of Apple products lines the pockets of Samsung as well. He said that the amount may go up to $11 billion, depending on the demand for Apple products,” Kim reports. “The official asked not to be identified, which is not surprising.”

Kim reports, “Apple will buy chips from Samsung for its new iPads with Long-Term Evolution (LTE). ‘The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,’ the official said.”

“Apple’s new iPad is made using Samsung’s QXGA panels,” Kim reports. “Samsung’s biggest rivals, local competitor LG Display and Japan’s Sharp aren’t ready to supply the panels as a result of manufacturing problems, said market research firm IHS iSuppli.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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40 Comments

    1. Have to agree. iPodTouch is nice but rather tiny.
      I wonder what scores higher in rating with users of the device:

      – Music
      – Video
      – Gaming
      – Browsing
      – Social network
      – Messaging

      If more use the device mostly for Music and Messaging then the device is sized right.

      If the device is considered more for Video, Gaming and Browsing a 7″ wide x 4″ iPadMini would seem a right choice.

      Anything bigger well the iPad has that covered.

      So yeah, I think BLN is right – Apple could use a size in-between.

  1. Yer as if I’m gonna take any predictions from
    Samsung.

    If anything Apple needs to make a bigger iPad – pro model around A4 size for pro business users.

    Smaller iPad, no thanks, don’t want it and no one needs it.

    Oh and FUCK OFF SAMDUNG.

  2. I think Apple will stay with a retina display iPod touch and iPad. That said, the only way Apple will do a smaller version of the iPad is if it is also 4:3 and has a resolution that is divisible by the other iPad resolutions.

    Apple is smart, and their APIs probably are somewhat resolution dependent so long as it’s not some totally out of whack ratio.

    Geez, did I just waste time thinking about this and posting? Time to move on.

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