Rumours are heating up that Apple is readying a smaller version of the iPad for release later this year. The 7-inch iPad will have the same screen resolution as the new iPad and would sell for $200 (Rs 10,700), the Apple blog iMore claimed, citing its own sources.
Rene Ritchie, of iMore, wrote, “Our sources have indicated, however, that the 7-inch iPad will be identical to the current 9.7-inch iPad, just scaled down. That seems to include a 2048x1536 resolution display, just like the new iPad. If accurate, that would put the pixel density at around 326 ppi, the same as the iPhone 4S (and higher than the 264 ppi new iPad) retina display.”
The iMore report is in line with other reports emerging from Asia, which suggest that an iPad Mini will go on sale in the third quarter of this year.
But, there is no hard evidence that Apple is planning a smaller iPad. Furthermore, Apple has publicly criticised 7-inch tablets in the past. Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder and former chief executive, who died last year, was dismissive of 7-inch tablets, saying that developers tended not to make specific apps for them and instead enlarged their smartphone apps.