Apple rumored to put beefy iPad on diet
The slightly-less-fat iPhone without the phone
Apple is planning a smaller version of the iPad that could arrive as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to a research analyst citing sources among Apple's upstream component suppliers.
Yes, Steve Jobs and company already offers a smaller version of the iPad. It's called the iPhone. And there's another smaller version called the iPod Touch. And unlike the iPad, the iPhone gives you a camera and actually makes cell phone calls. But according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple is now prepping a 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad. The iPhone's screen measures 3.5 inches across the diagonal.
Kuo says that this smaller version of Apple's larger iPad will sell for under $400. The inaugural iPad, launched this past weekend, measures 10-inches and sells for one dollar under $500 in the US.
She also says that the slimmed fat iPhone will "target the highly-portable mobile device market and consumers that focus mainly on reading and do not have a high demand for text input." No word on whether it will do cell calls or include a camera. But presumably, it won't. If it did, there'd be less reason for fanbois to spring for both an iPhone and an iPad.
Incidentally, Dell is prepping a 5-inch Android device that will indeed make phone calls. Dubbed the Streak, it includes a camera too. The trouble is that you might look slightly silly holding a 5-inch tablet to your ear.
Which device to choose, then? For the most devout fanbois, there's no choice at all. They have no qualms about buying everything Apple puts in front of them. We can only imagine how many will go whole hog, carrying an iPhone, a fat iPhone, and a slightly less fat iPhone.
No doubt, there are many people out there who will wait in line to buy that one too. ®
being a cross between iPhone and iPad, the only logical name would be iPhad.
Since it is the iPad...
Since it is the iPad we are talking about here, shouldn't the names of the various sizes be consistent with the connotations of sanitary products, ie there would be the iPad Slim, iPad Regular and iPad Ultra - for days with extra heavy data flow.
Hooray for random guessing!
I suppose it might be true. I don't think the market has settled on ideal screen sire yet. I think 10" is about perfect (as the actress said to the bishop), but then I prefer a stylus, and I'm outvoted on that too.
I still suspect it's the usual wishful thinking disguised as analysis though...
You missed a trick there.
After all, the article's about the possibility of Apple pushing out a small one......
You must be a riot at parties.
BTW, you posted too early, this won't be properly funny until we get back from the pub.
Meanwhile in other news, global company gives name to product that sounds silly/rude in different language. Oh how my sides are aching.