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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...
02-20-2011, 10:55 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 02-20-2011 at 10:58 AM.
02-20-2011, 10:58 AM #2
02-20-2011, 10:59 AM #3
Is that a real picture?
I highly doubt that Apple would replace their cool plug for a Mini-USB.Arthur "Goof"
RIP Steve Jobs.
02-20-2011, 11:02 AM #4
Isn't this the same thing as the rumored iPad 3?
02-20-2011, 11:03 AM #5
02-20-2011, 11:27 AM #6
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?
02-20-2011, 11:38 AM #7
02-20-2011, 11:51 AM #8
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.
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02-20-2011, 12:35 PM #9
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.
02-20-2011, 12:39 PM #10
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.
Last edited by skizo; 02-20-2011 at 12:42 PM.
02-20-2011, 12:40 PM #11
02-20-2011, 12:54 PM #12
Cool, I'd buy thAt befor an iPad
02-20-2011, 12:58 PM #13
would love a 5 or 4 inch iPhone 5... that would be a definite reason to upgrade,
02-20-2011, 01:48 PM #14
It looks good carrying thus around looks better than carrying ipad.
02-20-2011, 02:05 PM #15
02-20-2011, 02:09 PM #16
Did anyone else see "maxipad" when they read this?
02-20-2011, 02:29 PM #17
Rumors rumors rumors...
02-20-2011, 02:53 PM #18
02-20-2011, 03:20 PM #19
They better not release a smaller version...
Maybe a bit more slim but not a minipad.
02-20-2011, 03:22 PM #20
MiniPad and MaxiPod? What about MaxiPad?