Rumor: Apple May Launch 7.85-Inch iPad Mini In Late 2012

iPad mini rumors are back. Back in October, Taiwan’s United Daily News reported that AU Optronics and LG Display had sent samples of 7.85-inch display to Apple, who is gearing up to launch iPad mini early next year.

Taiwanese publication – DigiTimes also reports that they’ve received information from their sources that Apple is gearing up to launch a 7.85-inch iPad mini prior to the 4th quarter of 2o12.

Steve Jobs had famously taken a dig at Apple’s competitors for launching tablets that sport a 7-inch screen. Steve Jobs had this to say at a conference call last year about upcoming tablets from competitors.

Just a handful of credible entrants. Almost all use 7″ screen, compared to iPad at nearly 10″ screen. 7″ screen is only 45% as large as iPad’s screen. Hold an iPad in portrait view and draw a horizontal line halfway down. What’s left is a 7″ screen…too small. There are clear limits to how close elements can be on the screen before users can’t touch accurately. We believe 10-inch screen is minimum necessary.

The reason we won’t make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit that price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.

We know developers aren’t going to deal well with these different sizes and they have to change their software every time the screen size changes.

When we make decisions on 7-inch tablets it’s not about cost, it’s about the value of the product when you factor in the software.

We’re all about making the best products at aggressive prices and that’s what we do, and that’s what we will do with the iPad and iPod.

However, with competition from Amazon, which unveiled Kindle Fire – a $199 tablet few weeks back, it is possible that Apple is reconsidering its decision.

DigiTimes reports that according to their sources, Apple has persuaded to launch a 7.85-inch iPad:

According to rumors, the 7.85-inch iPad mini will feature the same resolution (1024×768) as the current iPad. Would you be interested in buying an 7.85-inch iPad mini? Let us know in the comments.

[via DigiTimes]

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  • King

    Oh geez. Can you guys have a different twitter account for rumors? I wish Twitter had a tweet filter. I would do that for the word “rumor”.

  • thomas

    i think any rumor is worthless after the iphone 4s rumors were all false
    give up on it people
    turns out apple is very good at hiding secrets

  • Andy

    I doubt apple will make ipad mini but i will buy it $250 or less!

  • Tombo

    I wouldn’t want one. But I’m sure they’d sell a ton of them.

  • FredMC

    This won’t happen. Kindle Fire is already catching a lot of grief for its small screen.

    If Jobs was insistent on avoiding a smaller form factor, who at Apple would be stupid enough to do that?

  • Troy

    The smaller screen is great, just picked up an HTC Flyer and sold my iPad1. One of the best things about it is it is a 16:9 screen ratio rather than the 4:3 of the iPad. Means widescreen movies have no borders and is almost the same size as it displays on an iPad. Books, it’s perfect, the 7″ 16:9 format is perfect for displaying 1 page. Also it is much less cumbersome to carry in the car. I actually think the 7″-8″ size is perfect for a tablet, but again in the 16:9 format. I don’t think a smaller iPad will work if it’s just a shrunk down version like the rumor suggests.

    • Pacomac

      A 16:9 screen is only really any good for movies, I much prefer the iPads form factor and screen size. I work with all these devices on a daily basis and for me nothing comes close to the iPad yet. The smaller form factor are really bad for web browsing, e-books and email IMHO. I think Apple would be making a big mistake releasing a 7″ version.

  • There is already ipad mini it’s called ipod touch.

  • fas

    Another rumour, yawn, when will they stop.