This is the million - make that billion - dollar question: if Apple, as rumored for two years, actually moves forward with a so-called "iPad Mini," who exactly will purchase it?
According to a report published Tuesday in Digitimes, Apple will use "G/F2" thin-film touch technology for its 7.85-inch iPad, which industry sources claim will be released before the end of 2012.
The smaller version of Apple's new iPad, rumored to be called iPad Mini, is said to feature the G/F2 technology, with Nitto supplying the key thin-film materials, and Nissha Printing and TPK producing the touch screens, the sources said.
But mobile gamers of all ages could ultimately become the device's most enthusiastic users, particular for those who view the iPod touch too small for traditional handheld gaming and the standard iPad too big.
With Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire still eating into the iPad's market share (though minimally), any share loss is too much for Apple. And the iDevice maker may just release this long-rumored product as a way to drive the nails into the Kindle Fire's coffin once and for all.