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.
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.