Apple 7.85in 'iPad Mini' on course for Q3 intro
Reduced size, price
The 8in iPad seems a runner. Component makers have begun sending samples of the 7.85in tablet to Apple for its approval, moles say.
If correct, the claim suggests Apple would be in a position to enter full-scale production of the 'iPad Mini' in Q3, DigiTimes reports.
Last month, whispers from Asia had Apple touting the 7.85in design around component companies, but the claim that the Mac maker is planning a smaller gadget to compete more directly with Amazon's 7in, $199 (£125) Kindle Fire goes back to October 2011.
Think of the 'iPad Mini' as a straightforward scaled down iPad 2, the moles suggested at the time.
Steve Jobs was famously against smaller tablets, but then he was against Flash-based music players… right up until the moment Apple announced the Flash-based iPod Shuffle. Never say never, in other words.
The 'iPad Mini' should sit under the 8GB iPad 2 some other sources are claiming Apple will announce next week alongside the iPad 3. The lower capacity tablet will come down to $349 (£219), it's claimed, with the Mini price at $299 (£187). ®
Re: Starting to sound....
2010 just called, they want their joke back
But you're part of the cause of the problem.
Not that I think there is a problem, myself. The Reg has plenty of news coverage still, it just also has more Apple (and Android) new product rumours. I don't see it reporting less other stories.
Apple rumours get clicks. As you've given one to this story, and the last one you say you commented on. And comments (you've commented on both too). The Reg editors would be fools if they didn't tailor the stories they write to what has proven to interest their readers in the past. So there's a huge interest in Android, there's lots of reporting on it. Same with Apple.
The great thing is that each article has a little bit of text to tell you what it's about. So if you ain't interested, you don't click.
Is there something you feel you're missing out on? Do you feel there's an area they're neglecting, that needs more coverage? Because if so, you haven't said. Or are you just complaining there's too much Apple stuff? In which case, what you don't click won't hurt you...
rumours are part of the news. If you aren't interested, simply IGNORE these stories rather than taking the time to post a comment,
Or as Scott Adams put it
A bad tablet and worse phone.
Wouldn't that be a slightly larger iPod touch?