Following up its report last night that seemed to confirm Apple’s next slate will contain LTE, The Wall Street Journal has just weighed in on more tablet gossip. According to the newspaper, the oft-rumored 8-inch iPad is real.

The iPad-mini has been talked about for months, with folks thinking that Apple would have to respond to Amazon’s successful Kindle Fire. The rumor, however, has only been supported by hit-or-miss sites like DigiTimes — until now…

The WSJ reports:

“Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around 8-inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it. Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad 2, comes with a 9.7-inch screen. It was launched last year.

One person said the smaller device will have a similar resolution screen as the iPad 2. Apple is working with screen makers including Taiwan-based AU Optronics CO. and LG Display Co. of South Korea to supply the test panels, the person said.”

The report goes on to say that Apple is continually testing new designs with manufacturers, and could very well decide not to bring the 8-inch tablet to market. But it is interesting that the source says that the company is qualifying suppliers for it.

Of course, Steve Jobs famously turned down the notion of a smaller iPad, claiming that smaller tablets were difficult to use. That being said, Jobs was also quoted at one point as saying tablets themselves weren’t worth building. And we all know how that turned out.

Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPad on March 7th, with reports claiming that the tablet has been in production since early January. If Apple hasn’t started producing these 8″ iPads yet, then it could be months before we see one in the flesh, if at all. Perhaps it would make a good holiday season product.

It’s time to weigh in again. Would you be interested in an 8″ iPad?


  • No, I wouldn’t.

  • No, I wouldn’t.

  • Kok Hean

    The screen on the “test device” looks as if it is made of poor quality.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, looks like a chinese SciPad.

  • Kok Hean

    The screen on the “test device” looks as if it is made of poor quality.

  • I wouldn’t buy it.

  • One of the reasons i got an ipad and not kindle is because ipad isnt small

  • Anonymous

    Looks a bit suss, what’s the border around it?

  • That looks absolutely terrible and that guy needs better camera.

  • nope.

  • Apple has been using screens with the same form factor for years (with exception for the iPods), why would they change now and make a longer screen like that?
    Every app would have to be updated, while they did everything possible to avoid that with the original iPad. Maybe there will be a smaller iPad, but this isn’t it.

    Plus, there are also rumors of a bigger iPhone. No way there will be both a bigger iPhone AND a smaller iPad. Apple has always been proud of what they don’t do, at least one of these rumored device will be a part of that.

  • Tim Babbitt

    I think that’s one of those KIRF iPads from China…

    • That is exactly was I was thinking. I have seen these on sale in New York in the small electronic shops.

  • TP Folair

    not me, but my wife yes.

  • Anonymous

    Lol this won’t happen

  • I’ll pass…thank you!

  • Apple usually starts a concept, an idea or a revolution. They don’t mold to other ideas, well they didn’t until the notification center. Apple created a phone that was thin, bar shaped and completely redesigned the mobile phone industry. Then, they created an amazing tablet and resdesigned the way we thought about tablets and set the footwork for Samsung, Amazon, etc. to create their own tablets. It seems like Apple has lost its magic and is starting to conform to other’s ideas. Id rather have the originally sized iPad and not conform to what Amazon has started. So in short, I would not buy it.

  • It ain’t real, maybe Apple would resize the iPad to double the resolution of the iPad now so all the apps would fitt. But I think they will never make this crap, Its not looking like glass, but like plastic. At our local toyshop we can buy a 8 inch tablet which is EXACTLY the same as on this picture. And besides that. This is an imitation model of the iPad 1, and Apple is never gonna take back a perused design

  • Gross! That is how I would describe this. Apple I know would like to completely take over the tablet market. However with Samsung and Amazon with their Fire tablets being smaller, Apple, if wanting to dominate, have to consider a smaller tablet for the people who are cheaper and go to Apple’s competitor as a choice. This tablet market is a lot more wide ranged than the iPhone was. Apple was made their iPhones for all, prices now ranging from $0 dollars to almost $700, based on the memory of the device. With the iPad, the devices size matters, so there is a wide range of tablet sizes. Apple has dominated 9.7” tablet markets, but with the smaller screens, Apple hasn’t…. yet? With the passing of Steve Job, having a strong thought about tablet sizes, as he thought that tablets with 9.7 inch were perfect and anything smaller is way to small. Does Apple continue with that thought or do that go into unmarked water and possible flop or dominate all across yet another sector of this ever so advancing technology world.

  • Thats not an ipad on the picture, is just knock off imitation problably load with an android OS, I saw a lot of those imitations around here, the home button makes it even more noticeable, and the screen is gray, if you turn your ipad or iphone of you’ll see that their lcd screen is not like that and that there is no front camera sign on this picture.
    I think Cody may be put this picture just to ilustrate the especulations.

  • Anonymous

    If a wanted a small screen, I would get an Android tablet.

  • I’ve played with one of these, it’s an android device, and it does not even have a capacitive screen (it’s resistive). It’s a piece of junk and one of the worst Android devices I’ve ever has the displeasure to test with.