Apple Rumors: $200-$250 7-Inch iPad Planned for October Release

NEW YORK | Friday, May 11th, 2012 7:45pm EDT

Tech giant is reportedly planning to launch a smaller-seven-inch version of the iPad in October this fall.

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The company plans to launch a 7-inch version of the iPad in October, according to rumours emerging from Asia. Photo: John Karakatsanis/Flickr

The 7-inch iPad will have the same screen resolution as the new iPad and would go at the price of $200-$250, the Apple blog iMore claimed, citing its own sources.

“Our sources have indicated, however, that the 7-inch iPad will be identical to the current 9.7-inch iPad, just scaled down,” Rene Ritchie, of iMore, wrote.

“That seems to include a 2048×1536 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,” Ritchie added.

The iMore report is in the list of reports come from Asia, which suggest that an ‘iPad Mini’ will go on sale in the third quarter of this year. In April, Apple blogger John Gruber predicted that Apple had been testing an iPad with a 7.85-inch screen.

However, Ritchie highlighted that he can’t name exact size of the future device: “We haven’t gotten a firm read on the exact screen dimensions, so we’re using 7-inches generically here. Our sources have indicated, however, that the 7-inch iPad will be identical to the current 9.7-inch iPad, just scaled down.”

He added: “That seems to include a 2048×1536 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.”

In February, before the launch of the third generation iPad, the sources revealed that the tech giant was testing an 8-inch iPad, says The Telegraph.

Whether all of these rumours are true or not will be soon discovered. Those who believe that Apple will release a ‘mini’ iPad say that it would enable the company to cover the market for tablets, leaving little entry room for the competition.

Apple took the same approach with digital music players, expanding its iPod range to include a variety of sizes and form factors.

Rumors of a 7-inch iPad mini have been spreading over Internet following the launch of the original iPad in 2010, and picked up speed when competitors like Samsung, RIM, and Amazon began offering 7-inch tablets.

Some of them, like the Kindle Fire, have reached the price point of $200, using cheap to compete with good. While Amazon won’t talk sales numbers, and none of these devices can really be called successful at this point, to a certain segment of the market, cheap is what matters.

According to iMore, the company hasn’t chosen to address that segment in desktop or laptop computers, or in phones, but they have in MP3 players and it sounds like they will again in tablets. And they’ll do it in the same way – by being cheap and good.

For large scale markets like education, a 7-inch, $200 to $250 iPad would be compelling. Steve Jobs’ tag line for the original iPad was “…our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price”.

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