Apple 'seeking part makers' for 8in 'iPad Mini'
Tinier tablet in play?
Asian moles have once again claimed Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, but this time the diminutive gadget is said to sport an 8in rather than 7in screen.
The sources, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, say Apple has been hawking the design around component suppliers seeking partners to produce parts for the product.
It's said the 'iPad Mini' has the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad 2 - expected to be bested next month when the Mac maker unveils the 2048 x 1536 iPad 3.
But the smaller iPad is not expected to debut alongside the iPad 3. It's expected later in the year, a timeline given some weight by the fact Apple is presenting the 8in machine now, not six months ago.
It has already been whispered that Apple is exploring the creation of a smaller iPad, the better to cater for the large group of buyers who want a tablet that's more pocket-friendly than the 9.7in iPad 2.
The seeming success of Amazon's Kindle Fire, a 7in tablet, has focused attention on that form-factor as the one Apple will select too, but the Cupertino-based company is contrary enough to attempt to stand out with a slightly different size - which would also allow it to claim that Steve Jobs' dismissal of the 7in form-factor still holds. ®
My head hurts
My head hurts. 8"? 7"? 9.6"? Can someone translate this into a more useful length unit such as decikindles?
Nothing new....just product variations
Apple is again following marketing by the book and offering the same product in different sizes. It may even be that the motherboard is the same or very similar in all of these iPads, just the screen and the housing is different.
What is astonishing, however, is that someone else did product differentiation first: Samsung with their Galaxy Tab range.
The 7" Galaxy Tab fits neatly into a back pocket on normal jeans, or the inside jacket pocket in a suit. This is what makes it so much better than an iPad for travelling with, as I've been banging on about here for so long.
Can't we just go metric?
8" is precisely 8.128 metric inches.
More 'pocket friendly'?
You'd need a bloody big pocket to fit a 7" tab in there, never mind an 8"