As you can see, the argument could be made that a 7.85-inch iPad would be much closer to an 8-inch tablet than a 7-inch one. And you can see the size difference in the graphic, which shows that a smaller iPad would still be almost 40% larger than both the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.
It would certainly take some getting used to, but it seems like most apps would be fairly usable on an 8-inch display. Although, at that size, you have to imagine that Apple would pitch such a device more for content consumption, rather than creation. But that’s a whole different argument.
If you want to see the 7.85-inch screen size in action, we ran a post earlier today showing you how to view app mockups on your current iPad to get an idea of what the smaller display would look and feel like.
At this time, most of the “evidence” suggests that if we do see a smaller tablet from Apple this year, it’ll turn up sometime in the fall with a 1024 x 768 display and a price tag between $199 and $249.
Would you buy one?