Apple To Launch 7.85" Variant of iPad Before 4th Quarter of 2012
Sources have already confirmed that Apple is planning to launch their third generation of iPad in coming 3-4 month time frame. Same supply chain sources are now suggesting that Apple may launch a 7.85″ variant of iPad at the end on 3rd quarter, 2012. This is not the first report regarding a smaller version of iPad, we’ve seen numerous reports regarding a smaller 7″ version of iPad in the past.
According to 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,
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the best offering from the eBook business giant. Market analysts believe that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the only tablet in market which can be named as credible competitor of Apple’s iPad 2. According to sources it is expected that production of these smaller 7.85″ screen will begin at the end of 2nd quarter of 2012.
LG and AU Optronics would be producing display panels for this purported 7.85″ variant of iPad.
According to report:
In addition to purchasing 7.85-inch panels from LG Display, Apple will also buy panels from AU Optronics (AUO), indicated the sources, adding that makers in the supply chain are likely to begin production of the 7.85-inch models at the end of the second quarter of 2012.
Nothing can be confirmed about this report because Digitimes has a very fluctuating credibility record. Another thing which is very notable here is that Steve Jobs believed that anything less than 9.7″ display for a tablet won’t be a good idea. His believe was the only reason which killed rumors regarding a smaller version of iPad in the past.
In my personal opinion Apple don’t really need a small tablet to compete Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Though Kindle Fire has created a buzz in market but there a huge difference between both these tablets. A recent statement from Amazon in which they claimed that they’ve sold millions of Kindle Fire units is also controversial because they didn’t release an exact number. So this rumor may have a very short life-span.
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We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!