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Apple To Launch 7.85″ iPad Mini In 2012 To Match Galaxy Tab and Kindle Fire Tablets?

by on October 18th, 2011

A report published by Economic Daily News brings something quite interesting to our knowledge. The report suggests Apple is currently testing 7.85-inch iPad displays from Taiwanese panel maker AU Optronics, supposedly for an “iPad Mini” in order to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. However, as noted by TNW, the rumor contradicts statements made by Steve Jobs saying that if the screen is any smaller than current iPad, people will have to “use sandpaper to sand down their fingers to use the screen”.

Citing from the source:

Steve Jobs said “7-inch size “isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps” and that “10-inches is the minimum tablet size”. He also stated that ”7-inch tablets are tweeners; too big to compete against a smartphone, and too small to compete with the iPad,” and you have quite an argument against why Apple wouldn’t be testing 7.85-inch panels for a new, smaller iPad.

In the past, Apple has been clever to dismiss its competition before emulating it and bringing its own twist to the table. However, when it comes to hardware, Apple has long been the leader in space and it would be a massive mark of respect to Samsung and Amazon (and other 7-inch tablet makers) if it was to target a device to outperform its rivals in the space.

Would you prefer a 7.85-inch ‘iPad Mini’ over the current iPads? Let us know!

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