Rumor: Apple to Use ‘Slim Design Display’ For iPad Mini

Apple unveiled the new iPad at a special event last week, but that hasn’t stopped the iPad mini rumors.

Taiwanese publication – DigiTimes reports that Apple will use a “slim design display” for the rumored 7.85-inch iPad.

DigiTimes reports that they’ve received the following information from their sources in the upstream supply chain:

The 7.85-inch iPad reportedly is designed to take on comparable models from Amazon and Samsung Electronics in order to maintain Apple’s leadership position, said the sources, adding that Samsung seems is expected to launch its next generation 7- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab tablet PCs soon.

Although the 7.85-inch iPads may not adopt Retina displays as in the recently released new iPads, the 7.85-inch model is likely to use IPS/FFS panels from LG Display and probably AU Optronics (AUO), the sources indicated.

According to DigiTimes‘ sources, Apple plans to price the 7.85-inch iPad mini in the $249 to $299 range. Apple now offers iPad 2 for $399, alongside the new iPad, which starts at $499.

There has been a lot of chatter about Apple’s plans to released a smaller sized iPad in the near future. The rumors intensified further, after Amazon released the $199 Kindle Fire tablet.

Though a smaller and cheaper iPad will help Apple to compete with tablets from competitors like Amazon Fire, we feel that if Apple had any plans to launch a smaller iPad, then it would have done it at last week’s iPad event. It seems highly unlikely that it will launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad after sometime as it would not go down too well with early adopters of the new iPad who would feel robbed of the opportunity of buying a smaller and cheaper iPad. Steve Jobs had also famously taken a dig at competitors launching 7-inch tablets, categorically stating that “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.” So take these rumors of a smaller iPad mini with a pinch of salt.

[via DigiTimes]

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  • Eduardo

    Did I miss something last week? There was no 7in Pad was there? What, are you starting rumors 1 year early now?

    • In case you missed it – we clearly tagged the post as a Rumor in the title … and second we have provided reasons why we think this is unlikely.

      • Macdady

        You guys have to all be smart here of course theres going to be a new ipad 7 inch. at the starting price of 250.00 that will replace the ipod touch since there hasnt been a new one since 2010. ipad mini will be expected to be announce on june and followed to release on september

  • mkimid

    i feel that is just a rumor, 7.x” should use the general display because of the limited size for the battery. it just can be comparable with iPad 2 in cost. It is hard to believe apple can give up their profit…

  • fas

    What will happen to iPod touch then?