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  • Apple Had "Mini-iPad" All Along: Report


    The perennial rumor of a 7-inch "mini-iPad" resurfaced again this week, with a report of a souped-up iPad 2G in a smaller form factor from an industry analyst. According to one long-time Apple watcher, though, there'd be nothing new about such a device. Jim Dalrymple at The Loop says Apple's always had a 7-inch variant of the iPad that has been in development along with the 9.7-inch model we're all familiar with since the beginning.

    Rumors about mini-pads have been around since the iPad itself was released. No more than a week after the official US iPad launch in April, the rumormeisters at DigiTimes came out with a report that a 7-inch version of the iPad was under development and was being prepared for release in the first quarter of 2011, updating this report in July with a claim that Apple was working on 5-inch and 7-inch versions targeted at the e-book market. PC World came out with a story in August saying that the 7-inch model would be available by Christmas, and in September, the Chinese website shanzai.com reported that the smaller iPad was already a “finished product." And last week, Brian White from Ticonderoga Securities claimed that component suppliers in Taiwan leaked details to him about a smaller-form-factor iPad 2G which would sport a 7-inch Retina Display, 128GB storage and a "micro or mini" USB port. Supposedly, this device would also be available in the first quarter of next year.

    Dalrymple didn't give any basis for him claim, but the guy has been around a while. He founded MacCentral.com back in 1994 and became an "editor-at-large" at MacWorld when that company acquired MacCentral and made it a subsection of its own site. So he has enormous cred and doubtless a deep network of contacts inside Apple. And as iLounge reported back in August, "Apple has been prototyping devices with screens of this size for a long time—quite possibly predating the original iPhone." However, there was no further information about the history or current status of the 7-inch iPad: "Why did Apple choose to go with the larger model instead?" Dalrymple asked rhetorically. "Only Steve Jobs knows that for sure."

    Recently there has been a spate of iPad challengers announced, all with 7-inch screens: the Samsung Galaxy Pad, Dell Streak, and BlackBerry PlayBook are all gearing up for launch. While 10-inch tablets are planned from each of these manufacturers, it seems like they've decided to challenge Apple with smaller form factor devices that are more easily portable. If Apple decided to bring its mini-iPad off the bench, it may need a richer feature set to compete. Reports of a microUSB port (for compatibility with coming EU standards) and a Retina Display may fit the bill. Dalrymple's original story said the 7-inch screen would have a "lower density" than the 9.7-inch iPad's display; he later corrected that to read "higher density," indicating that the smaller screen would maintain the 960-by-640-pixel resolution of the existing screen.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Had "Mini-iPad" All Along: Report started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Interesting... In other news, Geohot released a 4.1 jb for iPhone 4 today called limera1n. Dev team is pissed lol
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      They probably have many versions, all for testing

      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Interesting... In other news, Geohot released a 4.1 jb for iPhone 4 today called limera1n. Dev team is pissed lol
      Can a mod please delete this post and give this guy an infraction. At least he didn't add in a "first!!"
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Why the infraction? I wouldn't use geohots JB though.

      But yeah this all was inevitable, the software was there for a cam etc but no cam. 1st gen devices are always for the guinea pigs IMO.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      They probably have many versions, all for testing



      Can a mod please delete this post and give this guy an infraction. At least he didn't add in a "first!!"
      lol i acutally found it real funny, a lil humor on the forums in these dramatic times are fine ahah

      but i agree, who knows what unknown products apple could be playing with now
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      so there is now, an ipod touch, a big ipod touch, and slightly bigger ipod touch, , wow thats creative
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      They probably have many versions, all for testing



      Can a mod please delete this post and give this guy an infraction. At least he didn't add in a "first!!"
      Why??? Limera1n has been released.
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Sir, you are INFRACTED. No free speech here. Now say your sorry. Carry on now. LOL, nothing wrong with sone honest humor.
    1. A_SWELLGUY's Avatar
      A_SWELLGUY -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Interesting... In other news, Geohot released a 4.1 jb for iPhone 4 today called limera1n. Dev team is pissed lol
      Old news.....
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      7 in iPad wouldn't be too bad.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vruls View Post
      so there is now, an ipod touch, a big ipod touch, and slightly bigger ipod touch, , wow thats creative
      Which version of the iPad do you currently own?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      so, is the ipad actually working with limera1n?
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Maybe they've changed their minds about how big they initially wanted their "iPad" to be. Make one mainstream or cut one out?
    1. bigbodybenz's Avatar
      bigbodybenz -
      All idevices are compatible with limera1n
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Which version of the iPad do you currently own?
      i actually own a big ipod touch, and an ipod touch
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbodybenz View Post
      All idevices are compatible with limera1n
      Yeah, but is limerain compatible with iPad 4.2 beta? That's all I care about.

      But yeah, modmyi, how about keeping up with Engadget and Gizmodo already and give us some clear details about limerain?
    1. coolduckey's Avatar
      coolduckey -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbodybenz View Post
      All idevices are compatible with limera1n
      FALSE, limera1n is only compatible with iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 3GS old boot-rom, iPhone 4, and iPad 3G+WiFi
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      "Apple had "Mini-iPad" All Along"...

      Lol yeh they did, it's called an iPod Touch, both do fun stuff and nothing work related.
    1. slackerz_86's Avatar
      slackerz_86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolduckey View Post
      FALSE, limera1n is only compatible with iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 3GS old boot-rom, iPhone 4, and iPad 3G+WiFi
      Limera1n is only compatible for the device of 3G, 3GS, iPT3 & 4, i4, iPad and ATV which are running 4.0 and above. as firmware 4.0+ can't be installed into iPT2 or iPhone 2G, therefore only the mentioned devices are support.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      would love the 7 inch Retina
    1. eukers's Avatar
      eukers -
      So, if Apple does release what is being termed the mini-pad, would that make the bigger iPad a maxi-pad? I'm just sayin.