Apple is considering an 8-inch iPad. Just weeks before the is set to be revealed, Apple is reportedly testing a smaller version of its phenomenally successful tablet.
Apple is testing smaller screens from assorted manufacturers to see who could build a smaller iPad, the Wall Street Journal reports. The current model measures 9.7 inches.
Of course, testing smaller screens doesn't mean an 8-inch iPad will ever see the light of day. After all, Apple founder Steve Jobs himself once said that.
Up until now Apple has only made one version of theand iPad at a time, in keeping with the company's minimalist philosophy, or something. It's all part of Apple's marketing of the iPhone and iPad as premium devices for fancy Dans.
Instead of giving customers a choice of size and shape, like other gadget companies, Apple sets out to convince us that the one Apple option is the best possible shape and size for a phone or tablet. Making a different-sized tablet could dilute that message.
Still, the iPad is well established now, owning the tablet market to an almost. Apple makes iPods, laptops and computers in different shapes and sizes, so perhaps it's time to do the same with the iPad.
That would also fight back against the resurgent Samsung, which offers a tablet in every shape and size going: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is the latest 7-inch model, followed by the , Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. There's even talk of an for the tablet-using giant.
Other 7-inch rivals include the newly announced cheapoor the , currently doing great business in the US.
Even if a mini iPad is a possibility, it's unlikely to be any time soon. I'm poised and excited about the next generation of iPad, expected on. Speculation is rampant, with leaked photos of the alleged iPad 3 . CNET will be there to reveal the iPad 3 when it's announced by Apple, but in the meantime feast your eyes on Andy's favourite .
For more thoughts on what we could see in the next iPad, here's our own Jason Jenkins and Luke Westaway sorting the facts from the rampant speculation.
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