A 7-inch iPad may be coming in October
Peter Burrows and Adam Satariano for Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end, two people with knowledge of the plans said, to help maintain dominance of the tablet market as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. prepare competing handheld devices.
The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
I really hope October is accurate. If October does come around and we don’t have a 7-inch iPad I think I’ll be looking at the Nexus 7. For fun I made a mockup of what a 7-inch iPad would look like next to the current iPad and iPhone. I find it interesting that the buttons would likely be bigger than they are on the iPhone. So all this talk that everything would be too small if the resolution stayed the same is just non-sense.