Could a 7-inch iPad be in the works?

May 10, 2012
Tech

Let’s take a break from iPhone 5 and next-generation Apple TV rumors for a second and talk about a miniature version of the iPad that might be in the works. According to a source obtained by iMore, Apple is currently planning an October 2012 launch of a 7-inch iPad. Even better, the new device would […]

Let’s take a break from iPhone 5 and next-generation Apple TV rumors for a second and talk about a miniature version of the iPad that might be in the works.

According to a source obtained by iMore, Apple is currently planning an October 2012 launch of a 7-inch iPad. Even better, the new device would be charged at less than $250.

This would allow Apple to essentially flood the zone with multiple versions of its iconic tablet computer – similarly with how it is doing it with the iPod – and make it even more difficult for Android or other OS-powered devices to gain traction. Apple is already smelling blood in the water with reported waning sales for the Kindle Fire. A new price and form factor for the iPad could be a checkmate in the tablet space once and for all.

A few other things reported by iMore.

– It’s not certain that the new iPad would be exactly 7 inches, but is a close enough estimate.

– It would have all of the features of the most recent iPad, including a 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A smaller price tag possibly means less storage capacity, likely 8GB.

With all iDevice rumors, we take this with an ocean of salt. Still, a 7-inch iPad makes sound market sense to us. We also can’t wait to get our hands on one!

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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