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Rumour: 7in iPad on the Way


Rumour: 7in iPad on the Way

It may have sold more than you could shake a stick at but there are rumours that a smaller 7in version of the iPad could be with us by Christmas.

The information comes from the translation of a Chinese language newspaper, Economic Daily News, which states that Apple supplier Chimei Innolux will be providing the 7in versions of the IPS based screen that's used in the iPad of 9.7in fame. Touchscreen tech will come from Cando Corportion, and Compal will put it all together.

According to the reports, the thinking behind the move is that for many, the iPad is a mostly stay-at-home device, as it’s too big and heavy to regularly take out and about. A smaller, lighter version would certainly solve that problem, and assuming the display resolution remains the same as the current model, it would make for an even sharper display for reading.

Amazon offers two sizes of its Kindle e-reader, with two new 6in models accompanying the 9.7in Kindle DX – though this larger model is only available internationally from Amazon.com.

Despite rumours, Apple has never produced a ‘nano’ version of its iPhone, which has remained virtually the same size since its 2007 launch. However, the iPod has spawned a number of significant variations, with four distinct lines currently on sale.

If Apple were to release a smaller iPad in time for Christmas we would expect to hear about it officially pretty soon – if not, add this one to the mountainous Apple rumour pile.

Link: Economin Daily News (in Chinese)

Via: Thinq.


August 18, 2010, 6:18 pm

If they change the resolution then app developers wont be happy. The beauty of developing for Apple is that such a large number of customers are using virtually identical hardware.

Lee Moorhouse

August 18, 2010, 6:59 pm

It's funny this should be posted today...

I went into a certain shop today and had a bit of an argument about the EXISTENCE of the Magic Trackpad. The bloke I was talking to didn't believe it was real (idiot) and checked on Google, whilst this was happening his female work mate came over to apologise. We started talking about the iPad, she said "It's weird about the Trackpad, Apple usually tell us what's going on, we already know there's a new iPad coming out in October". I started to ask more questions, she said "we all knew about the iPad a week or so before it came out, we were all sworn to secrecy!"

Just thought I'd share that with you...


August 18, 2010, 7:25 pm

For me 7" is the sweet spot for a device like this. The iPad doesn't interest me, it's too big and does too little. For something that size AND that price i'd much rather have a laptop. But a 7" version, lower price would be tempting. But it'll never come with a USB port or memory stick slot so i'll probably still wait for something non-Apple.

I'm sure it'll have a front facing cam as well to attempt to increase the use of Facetime.

Tim Sutton

August 18, 2010, 8:51 pm

7" and £250 would make much more sense than the current.. wierdo. It'd still be a crippled substance-less thing but at least you wouldn't look quite such an idiot carrying it around, and if it only cost £50 more than a Touch then the price would be fair too for what it does.

(It won't cost £250. And I still wouldn't accept one as a gift)


August 18, 2010, 10:25 pm

Well considering I've been thinking of getting a PMP player for years then I do see some value in an iPad and don't dismiss it outright. But with the Archos 7 at £150 then it's hard to justify going the Apple route. Now sure the Archos has many flaws (resistive, no market, 1.5) for me to consider it right now (custom firmware will probably eventually fix everything but the screen) I would consider paying a premium for a 7" iPad, £250 I could swallow more than that they'll be struggling.

But I think like with my phone choices I'll be waiting for something to come out with Android 3 which is meant to have much better tablet format support. In 6 months there will be a glut of high powered Android tablets running Gingerbread that can do way more than the iPad and will undercut it massively in price as well. I don't see how Apple can compete in 2011 unless they bring down the price. They have an unstoppable head start with phones, I don't think they've the same momentum with tablets.

Sad that MS isn't in the running.


August 19, 2010, 12:15 am

"Rumours abound of a mini iPad - or should that be a Maxi Touch

And the less said about the pending 13" iPad the better. (Damn, I'm eight months too late for that gag aren't I?)


August 19, 2010, 12:39 am

"Rumours abound of a mini iPad - or should that be a Maxi Touch, on the way this year."

Oh come on - they should call it the "Maxi Pad" ...... :D


August 19, 2010, 2:17 am

I reckon Steve would be able to shift a 20" iPad that needed two hands to hold and another person to operate to the iSheep tbh!

That said a 7" iPad would have more appeal to me than the current iPad which I see as completely pointless as its not significantly more porable than an ultraportable laptop. Still I wouldnt get one, but I would be less harsh in my critisisms of it! As you can probably tell, I'm not what you would call an Apple fan, but I can admit the iPod and iPhone were great products and deserved their success. (The iPhone more than the iPod, im not utterly convinced the iPod was better than stuff from creative but at least it got the market serious about digital music)

But the iPad... to me its just riding on their success. Its not really much of a product but is selling purely due to marketing and "cool" factor. And yes.. I have used one and no I wasn't impressed.


August 19, 2010, 2:57 pm

There's some real hatred of Apple on here! What I don't get is why the same people keep coming back all the time and commenting the same thing on Apple. If you despise them that much, stop reading the Apple related stories!

OK, we get it, you don't like Apple, great. Move on. Just please stop insulting everyone that actually owns Apple products for the right reasons. Yes, there are Apple fanboys who think Apple can do no wrong and they are as annoying as those people with blind hatred for Apple.

And just so you know, just because you don't 'get' the iPad or indeed if you personally don't have a need for it, that doesn't make it a bad device. I got one as a gift and use it most days for my Internet access from the couch, or creating web sites, accessing my FTP server, streaming films, music and photo's etc..... It's a joy to use for me and I use it more and more everyday, which is something I didn't expect to do. That doesn't mean to say it's perfect. It'd be great with a camera, a USB port or at least a built in SD card reader.....

And for those that think the likes of Creative, Archos and others can create an interface as slick as Apple, you'll be waiting a long time. I considered an Archos tablet until I got my hands on one and found it utterly frustrating to use, no matter how many codecs it supported, I just didn't want to use it.

And for Tim to say he wouldn't even accept one as a gift, well that just shows how blinded by hate he really is. You could accept it as a gift and sell it on ebay if you really didn't want it!

Play time's over kids.

Tim Sutton

August 19, 2010, 4:44 pm


You don't understand.

I don't BUY Apple products because they're much too limited in what they allow you to do.

I don't LIKE Apple products because of the attitude of so many of the people that do.

Smug blind arrogance is prevalent among them, ('playtime's over kids.' QED) and I find their fawning devotion to a style over substance multinational uncaring tech company incredibly creepy.

That's my opinion and this is the part of the site where people post their opinions, so get over yourself.


August 19, 2010, 5:03 pm

@Tim Sutton;

The same people, come to these stories about Apple and post the same old tripe. If you don't like Apple and they offend you that much, why even bother reading and posting?

In what way are 'ALL' Apple products too limited in what they allow you to do? My Mac is not limited in anyway that I know of and I have found myself being far more productive than at any time when I had a Windows PC. That's not to say I hate Windows, I actually have a Windows 7 Netbook which I do really like, but it's been used far less since I got the iPad.

I'm not a fan of the way Apple conduct themselves sometimes and you're right, there are Apple fan boys who will deny any wrong doing ever by Apple. That's just obviously rubbish.

But, on the other side we have people who absolutely hate Apple so much, that they would turn down one of their products as a present, how bad is that. Sell the damn thing if you really don't want it! Talk about spiting yourself!

Apple do restrict certain products, the iPhone and iPad being two of them, but to say they are inferior (to what?) is just blind ignorance. If that's how you want to be then go for it.

The 'playtime's over kids' remark was not meant to be smug, but it certainly fits with some of the comments here when people are bashing (normally Apple) when they have no idea of what they are talking about.


August 20, 2010, 4:30 am

I wonder if Alex Jones is gonna torture the next ipad aswell... funny but serious...


August 20, 2010, 4:02 pm

Well, I don't own an iPhone or iPad, but I think Apple is great for the industry. Apple does focus too much on style, but we *need* a successful tech company who does that. We had excellent smartphones for years before the iPhone - I've owned WinMo smartphones since the first PDA-with-phone-capacity models rolled out - but nobody was focusing on ease-of-use and ease-of-programming until the iPhone came out with that shiny interface and excellent SDK. Now there are loads of options which offer great usability *and* superior functionality (the sort power-users care about, and which Apple hates) - we have a choice which we simply didn't have pre-iPhone. This sort of competition is great, and it's exactly what the tech industry needs. And the same goes for tablets. The sort of stuff people are doing now is such a far cry from the OS2006 style of MIDs we were seeing earlier. I'm quite looking forward to seeing what HP's WebOS tablet - which they've formaly announced - does, and I might even plump for one if they do a good job, but we'd have had neither WebOS nor a tablet built on if it weren't for Apple. Like Apple or hate Apple, their ability to make shiny objects of desire stimulates just the right sort of competition from other companies, and the result is very good for consumers.

prag fest

August 21, 2010, 4:37 pm

@Tim Sutton

On the contrary, you find my most people who own Apple products love them, find they actually let them do everything they want and do it very well and are more then happy to engage in open minded constructive debate over how things could be improved.

The only smug, blind arrogance I ever see comes from individuals hell bent on running down everything remotely related to Apple, when it's quite obvious they actually have no experience of the products they insist on offering their opinions on. God forbid actually trying one for themselves to form an education opinion rather than repeating parrot fashion things they have read on the internet.

Some of them, despite their continual insistence of their hatred and disinterest of all things Apple, still go to the time of trouble of reading and commenting on ever single snippet of Apple news. Thats so, so strange, wouldn't you agree?


August 22, 2010, 11:06 am

For some Macheads 9 inches can be a bit of a stretch whereas 7 is just about the right size.


August 23, 2010, 2:04 am

I still find it amazing that people feel compelled to rush to the defence of an international corporation - they don't give a dam about you and would never return the favour.....

THAT is very strange ....

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