More whispers of a 7-inch iPad release is coming your way via iMore, as sources indicate to them it could come this October within the price range of $200-250, with an 8GB capacity:
Our source has indicated, however, that the 7-inch iPad will be identical in every way to the current 9.7-inch iPad, just scaled down. That seems to include a 2048×1536 resolution display, just like the new iPad. If accurate, that would put the pixel density at around 326 ppi, identical to the iPhone 4S (and higher than the 264 ppi new iPad) retina display. It’s hard to imagine a device with a panel like that having a price tag of just $200, especially when the baseline new iPad comes in at $500, but one way Apple will be keeping costs lower is by providing less storage capacity. $200 will get you 8GB.
We’ve long heard rumours of a smaller iPad, and yesterday Digitimes said one would launch in August. This February, the WSJ claimed Apple was working on a smaller 8″ iPad. Will a $200 7-inch iPad cannabalize iPod touch sales? Steve Jobs formerly dissed smaller tablets as ‘dead on arrival’.
Do we have a market for a smaller iPad? I think it does exist, as the 9.7 iPad is still too heavy for one handed operation. Thoughts?
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