Yesterday we had published a few pictures of the casings purportedly made for the next generation iPad. While those pictures do not reveal a form factor vastly different from the iPad currently in the market, we are now hearing that Apple is in fact working on an alternative version of iPad that could come with a screen size that is nearly half of the existing model’s.
The report comes from Reuters and the source does not clarify if this is in fact iPad 2 or is another variant that could be released somewhere down the line.
“A separate supply chain source said Apple was preparing a significantly smaller iPad that is almost half the size of the current model. The current iPad has a 9.7-inch screen.”
Now this does not totally align with what Steve Jobs had said earlier this year. In October, the Apple CEO rubbished reports of a 7″ iPad saying that the screen size was too small. But then, you never know. Steve Jobs has pulled this trick many times in the past – most recently with multitasking which was earlier dissed off as something mobile phones didn’t need. So expect a smaller iPad to launch when The Jobs feels the time is right.
Is the iPad too expensive a gadget for you? Is your iPad too big to fit a pocket? Chances are that Apple may be working to solve both these issues. According to a research by DigiTimes senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple may be working on a mini-iPad that could release as early as the first quarter of 2011. DigiTimes reports,
“Kuo, citing talks with upstream component sources, said Apple’s smaller-size iPad will be priced below US$400 and 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.”
Ok, I am not going into yet another debate on whether or not we need a smaller iPad because I find absolutely no need for its larger cousin and I find a smaller one even more useless. But as we have just seen, business for Apple will just happen fine.