Why is it that when a new Apple product arrives there are ALWAYS rumors of a smaller or larger sized variant of the device? Now word has hit that Apple is planning a smaller, 5 to 7-inch iPad to be released as early as the first quarter of 2011. Have we ever seen any of these size variations come to fruition? Sure, maybe in the form of a computer, such as the 13-inch Macbook, but never for an iPod or iPhone. By the way, Digitimes can take the blame for this one:
Apple is reportedly scheduling a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad that is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo.
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.