A new report from MyDrivers.com, a chinese website, brought to light by Unwired View, claims that Apple will be launching the much-rumored 7.85-inch iPad later this year. The reports sources claim that the new device will have a thickness close to the iPad 2, and will utilize thinner, brighter, indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) displays.
We’ve heard plenty about the “iPad mini” for some time now, but the IGZO development is relatively new. Some reports claimed that the iPad (3rd Generation) would be using these displays. That fell through when Sharp only began production of them in mid-April. Still, this seems like a reasonable prediction, as Apple always strives to make their devices thinner, and a thinner display would do just that.
As has been stated many times before, Apple is undoubtedly looking into a smaller iPad form factor. The better question to ask is whether Apple will release such a product to the masses. For the longest time, my gut said “no”, but we’re approaching the point where there is a lot of smoke for there to be no fire. We’ll undoubtedly hear more about the device in the coming months, if it is indeed truly coming to market.
[UPDATE] Bloomberg is now reporting a very similar story- a smaller 7 to 8-inch iPad is coming later this year.
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