There have been plenty of rumors running rampant about a possible 7” iPad. These rumors seem to stem from the success of the 7” Amazon Kindle Fire, whereby many analysts feel that the possibility of a 7” iPad from Apple would be a good way for the company to compete against Amazon’s affordable 7” tablet.
Well now it seems that adding to the rumors of a smaller iPad would be a report from the Wall Street Journal. The report is claiming that sources (officials at some of Apple’s suppliers) are telling them that the Cupertino company is showing suppliers a screen size of 8”, and are apparently qualifying suppliers for it as well.
At the moment the iPad’s screen size has remained the same since its first model at 9.7”, a size which Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs feels is an appropriate size for tablets, and has dismissed the idea of smaller tablets as he felt that content could not be displayed properly if they were on a smaller display.
Apple has been known to do things their way and at their own pace, and based on previous products, the company has never really upgraded hardware specs simply for the sake of it. Not to mention Apple has also been known to create several prototypes of a product before finalizing their decision, so that alleged 8” design could have merely been a prototype or concept Apple was working on. Either way we suggest you not read too much into this and it should be taken with a grain of salt, but what do you guys think? Is an 8” iPad a happy middle between a 7” and 9.7” model?
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