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  • 6-inch MiniPad (or MaxiPod) Coming in Fall?


    Despite Steve Jobs's repeated avowals to the contrary, reports persist of a smaller form-factor tablet. The latest spate of rumors take a new tack on the idea, however: rather than being a small iPad, the new 5- to 7-inch device might in fact be a large iPhone, sized to compete with not only small tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook, but also larger smartphones like the Dell Streak.

    Ming-Chi Kuo, the Concord Securities analyst formerly with the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, told AppleInsider that Apple is looking into a mid-sized iOS device that it would bring to market possibly as soon as fall 2011. With a screen somewhere in between 5 and 7 inches, Kuo said he was "not sure" if the new device would released as a small iPad or a large iPhone/iPod touch. A separate report by a Czech blogger, citing two independent sources, claims that Apple is working on a large iPod touch with a screen size of about six inches.

    Steve Jobs has made statements denying a smaller iPad is in the works, but it's important to bear in mind that Apple has been known to make pronouncements that it later contradicted. Jobs savaged 7-inch tablets as "tweeners' that are "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad" at an investor conference call last year. However, Jobs also said Apple would never make an iPod that could play videos and mocked tablets as being worthless for doing anything other than surfing the web in the bathroom. If Apple feels there is a market in something, they'll almost certainly go after it rather than leave it to competitors.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 6-inch MiniPad (or MaxiPod) Coming in Fall? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. Chityuulay's Avatar
      Chityuulay -
      mini usb port? no way
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      Is that a real picture?

      I highly doubt that Apple would replace their cool plug for a Mini-USB.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Isn't this the same thing as the rumored iPad 3?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      No they won't release a smaller iPad. No one wants a 7" tablet anyway.
      The three big tablets this year will be iPad 2, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom.
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      That's not a real picture. If anything, Apple would use the same Micro USB they do on the AppleTV. Also, What's with the giant speakers? It's a pretty bad Photoshoped image of something Apple would release.

      Anyway, what if the iPad 2 just got a much smaller bezel that calls for a smaller dimension overall?
    1. inzandity's Avatar
      inzandity -
      I wouldn't be surprised at a microUSB port now that apple is behind it.

      Apple Behind Push for micro USB Charging Standard | GottaBeMobile
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Dang, it was almost MaxiPad, which would have been a lot funnier.

      It would be smart of them to release a mid-sized device between the iPad and iPod - that way they'll corner that market, too.

      I think a 5" iPod with 1024x768 res would be perfect. That would be more like a miniPad at that resolution, rather than a maxiPod. But at least developers wouldn't have to change their apps to accommodate the new resolution.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      That small pad is one of those android china things. I bought the ask 811sp from china and there were plenty more models I saw in hong kong.
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Oh, c'mon MMI; you know darn well this isn't factual or news.

      Have you already forgotten about Steve Jobs' bashing of the 7" screens? No way in hell is he gonna release a 6" model.

      So let me get this straight? Apple is going to release a 4.3" iPhone and a 6" iPad? Get real.

      Until you start releasing legitimate news, I'm done with this place.
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      No they won't release a smaller iPad. No one wants a 7" tablet anyway.
      The three big tablets this year will be iPad 2, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom.
      If it's priced well, I think the HP touchpad could be competition for the iPad.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Cool, I'd buy thAt befor an iPad
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      would love a 5 or 4 inch iPhone 5... that would be a definite reason to upgrade,
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      It looks good carrying thus around looks better than carrying ipad.
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      No they won't release a smaller iPad. No one wants a 7" tablet anyway.
      The three big tablets this year will be iPad 2, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom.
      You have no idea what you are talking about! I know several people who want a 7" tablet, including me. The only reason I haven't gotten one is because Android is a flaming P.O.S!
    1. CodeNinja68's Avatar
      CodeNinja68 -
      Did anyone else see "maxipad" when they read this?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Rumors rumors rumors...
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      You have no idea what you are talking about! I know several people who want a 7" tablet, including me. The only reason I haven't gotten one is because Android is a flaming P.O.S!
      I know more than you ever will.
      Android Honeycomb is the tablet OS and it looks soo much nicer than iOS so I do know what I'm talking about
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      They better not release a smaller version...
      Maybe a bit more slim but not a minipad.

      Redonkulous!
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      MiniPad and MaxiPod? What about MaxiPad?
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Rumors Rumors Rumors ... Lets go find some facts !!!