A 7-inch iPad has been in the rumor-mill for quite awhile, but has yet to see the light of day. Many have said Apple will never choose to go with a 7-inch display and will continue to opt with its 10-inch iPad — which is currently the top selling tablet. However, many reports indicate a 7-inch (or 8-inch) version of the iPad will launch later this year.

OLED-Display says it has obtained a leaked document from Samsung, dated from December 2011. According the document, Apple will launch a 7-inch ‘iPad mini’ in Q3 of this year…

In the document, analyst JungHoon Chang said Apple will launch a new 10-inch iPad in early 2012 and “a new 7-inch product temporarily referred to as the iPad mini” in Q3 of 2012. Chang’s first prediction will be announced this coming week at an event held by Apple in San Francisco, California.

Chang goes on to say Apple may decide to include flexible display panels into the ‘iPad mini’. For Samsung’s flexible display to land on the iPad 3, it would depend on if Samsung could produce enough high quality displays to meet Apple’s demand needs. The analyst also confirmed that the iPad 3 will feature “higher-resolution IPS panels”

Samsung currently uses some of its flexible display technologies in its popular Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet.

Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs said in an earnings call a few years ago that Apple would never develop a 7-inch iPad. Personally I don’t think its up Apple’s alley either, but many analysts seem to think so.

Would it make sense for Apple to launch an ‘iPad mini’ to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire?

[AppleInsider]

  • Anonymous

    Yah, but Apple has done a lot of things Steve said they would never do.

  • Is like buying the ipod version of ipad, sounds cool.. I just hope the internal specs are the same, or not too different.

    • Anonymous

      How is it, the screen is twice the size of an iPod and if other manufacturers can make a quad core phone with specs that piss all over the iPhone 4S, why wouldn’t they be able to fit that into something twice the size !!

      • Shugo Asakura

        It will be to the iPad what the iPod is to the iPhone. Not saying that it would be an iPod.

  • The market changes, economy changes, people changes and so do Apple, now do you see that as a good or bad thing? I just know one thing, that ipad 3 must be far new from ipad 2, if there§s one thing that steve is known is by being very strict about product designs and changes, but every time I say Tim Cook is not following that part of steves legacy people start flaming me.. But I am sure ipad 3 will look just like ipad 2… I just hope iphone 5 show itself with a new design

  • I guarantee an ipad mini, but it won’t have a 7″ display. Oh, and it will also be called ‘iPod touch’.

  • Rob

    I think this will be the year when Apple will come out with something “new and groundbreaking ” . People will be fascinated by that specific ” new product” , just like they were fascinated in 2007 ( ala iphone 2G) .

    This will be a big year for Apple . Something tells me they are hiding something under their sleeves…

    And No, it won’t be the ipad – mini .

  • what’s interesting is that 2048×1536 at the current iPad’s size is only approximately 264 ppi. if the iPad 3 has the 320 ppi of the iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4g, then it’s measurements would only be about 6.4×4.8 inches. if it’s going to be the same size then it’s resolution would have to be about 2480×1860. which leaves 3 possibilities:

    1. iPad 3 does not have retina display. (same size as current models with resolution of 2048×1536 at 264ppi)

    2. iPad 3 IS the 7inch iPad. (resolution of 2048×1536 at 320ppi making screen around 6.4×4.8 inches)

    3. the 2048×1536 resolution as reported in an earlier iDB article is way off and it’s actually a decent amount higher than that. (7.75×5.81 inches at 320ppi makes for resolution of approx 2480×1860)

    please correct me if my math is wrong, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to do algebra. but I think I’m pretty much dead on.

    thoughts?

  • based on past, dont think this will happen…..ipad already cannibalise their macbook biz in a way….they wont want to cut it further ? compared to ipod etc, which was in a very saturated mkt, thus they need drastic changes to maintain lead……tablet is a mkt created by apple….they will want to maximise profits b4 going such a step….

    • Ben

      You were wrong 😀