The iPad Mini rumors are heating up again with Taiwan’s United Daily News reporting Apple has received samples of 7.85” screens from AU Optronics and LG Display.
The displays themselves retain the same 1024x768 resolution as the current iPad, and would reportedly be used in an iPad mini poised for release early next year. Maintaining the screen resolution would benefit developers as applications could run natively across both platforms without any tweaking, but the interfaces would be considerably more cramped.
Rumors of a 7” Apple Tablet have surfaced before, but Apple’s history hasn’t been friendly to the rumors. Jobs has panned 7” tablets from competitors, claiming that 10” is the minimum screen size for a tablet to remain useful. Amazon’s foray into the tablet market ignores this criticism, but also has a $199 price tag to flaunt.
Apple has been reluctant to change the size of its iDevices screens. The iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad have all maintained the same screen size through their many iterations while competitors have released devices in each category with wildly different screen sizes, with most phones increasing in size. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S ll is 4.3” and recently leaked documents show the Galaxy Nexus will have a whopping 4.65” screen. These larger screens are treading into tablet territory.
Apple’s “Mini iPad” according to Ticonderoga Securities Analyst Brian White might not be in reference to screen size, but solely price.
Regarding Apple, our research is pointing to the unveiling of a lower priced iPad in the first few months of 2012 that is aimed at expanding the company’s market potential by tapping into a more price sensitive consumer segment. Essentially, this “iPad mini” will also fend off the recently announced Amazon Kindle Fire that addresses the low-end tablet market with a $199 price tag but could lead to bigger tablet ambitions from the online retailer in the future. The "mini" refers to a reduced price point of this iPad and not necessarily the size of the device. We believe this lower priced iPad could be priced in the mid-to-high-$200 range. — White
Source: UnwiredView [via MacRumors]