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7.85″ iPad Mini Is Indeed A Reality, Confirms John Gruber

by on April 5th, 2012

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has apparently confirmed the existence of a 7.85″ iPad Mini during his Talk Show podcast with Dan Benjamin (via MacRumors) as noted by The Next Web. Gruber, who has many contacts with Apple and has offered accurate information in the past, claimed that he has been told by “numerous” people that this size iPad is something Apple has been “noodling with”.

When asked by Benjamin if he thought a 7.85″ iPad would ever be released, Gruber responded:

“Well, I don’t know. What I do know is that they have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768… it’s just like the 9.7″ iPad shrunk down a little bit. Apps wouldn’t need to be recompiled or redesigned to work optimally on it. It’s just the iPad smaller.

Previously, there have been some unconfirmed leaks from within Apple’s supply chain in China indicating that the company may have already started producing an iPad with smaller form factor. Gruber did however note that “this still isn’t a sign that Apple will necessarily release such a device“.

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