iPad 2: Release Date Update – New 7-inch model a finished product?

By Posted 25 Sep 2010, 11:24

We have an interesting article for you to read now, especially if you have been keeping a close eye on these 7-inch iPad rumors which have been creeping onto the internet lately. You’ll be surprised to hear that a Chinese website is claiming that the new model is already a ‘finished product’.

That is according to this report from Apple Insider, who have obtained their information from Chinese website Shanzai who claim that the 7-inch model, or iPad 2 as it is also known is well underway in terms of development, so far to say that it has been tagged as a finished product.

Furthermore, the Chinese website says that the smaller model will be similar to the iPhone 4 in design, rather than retaining the same look and feel as seen in the current 10-inch iPad.

Here is a portion from Shanzai’s article: “Yes there will be a (7-inch) tablet, yes it’s well underway in terms of product development and in fact it’s a finished product.”

What are your thoughts on this? Many consumers still consider the original iPad to be a new product on the market, so all this talk on a brand new model is surely too much to digest at the moment.

For current iPad owners – Are you regretting buying the 10-inch or not?

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  • Simon

    7 inch is too small for me. I'm considering buying a first gen. iPad, but wondering whether I should wait for the news ones. But if they're going to be smaller they'll be useless.

  • Walter

    Simon, I agree. Hoping Apple still has a 9.7" available with front facing cam to keep in touch with my folks. 9.7" and straight forward interface is ideal for them as they aren't too computer savvy.

  • VBB

    I hope the new iPad will have cameras and 128GB of memory. Don't see the point of making it smaller (7") thou… Wouldn't it get a bit crowded in the Apple touch device lineup?

  • iKnowledge

    VBB…i couldn't agree more. Jobs is a genius, and to stray away from 9.7 wouldn't be "of his character". On another tip, the "2" should include citric preinstalled.

  • Asa

    what about a modified version of mac OS X witch would be much better than ios

  • stoo149

    7 inch screen would be a complete travesty.

    While I'm not to fussed about cameras on my iPad, I WOULD like to be able to share my iPhone 3G connection with it. Biggest improvement would be a big increase in the amount of RAM. 256Mb simply isn't enough. I'm also a bit annoyed that we haven't seen iOS4 yet.

  • iPad_Lover:)

    i dont know if i would buy a 7 inch…. then again, its cheaper then an expensive $500.
    I think its a little small… and im not usualy a complainer about size. But 7 inch iPad and the WAY smaller iPod Touch is a little to small.

  • Obi

    Well, any device tied to AT&T is not on my x-mas list.
    $25/month for only 2GB.
    2GB is useless for me, I conserve how I use my iPad so much, its become useless.

  • Gaby

    I'm waiting for the updated smaller version…good things come in small packages!

  • Retired_IT_Mgr

    I have the current 10" version and will buy the next version if its 10" also. I will not buy a smaller unit as the 10" is as small as I will go. I am looking for a stylus for my iPhone 4 because its almost worthless as a input/output device, even with its high resolution. It is sad that Apple is going to release a "me too" product but at least they have the financial resources to do a flop and then do it right the next round.

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  • ajz

    I also hope that they keep the 9.7'' screen for the generation ipad so i can upgrade, but from what i hear even though there making a 7'' its in addition to the 9.7'' not in lou of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ValerieLeeKing Valerie King

    I think if they offered version two in two different sizes everybody would be happy. I had my ipad for a little over a month when it had a fatal hardware malfunction and had to send it back to the company. They are refunding my money as we speak but my dilemma whether or not I should wait for the new release. I am kind of on the fence right now. Having a camera installed would be nice but I have no desire to have a smaller screen size at all. I don't like idea that they would make us choose to have a full size 10 in ipad or a much smaller version with a camera.
    I do kind of understand the logic in the smaller version though. Look at all of the E-Readers. They boast of being small enough to fit in your pocket (mostly) very light and portable, but defiantly easier to view than an Ipod or Iphone or blackberry. So they are basically just tapping into a new market that they previously had not yet done.
    I am sure whatever the new release is, whatever it looks like, and however it functions will not disappoint the loyal Apple fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ValerieLeeKing Valerie King

    I think if they offered version two in two different sizes everybody would be happy. I had my ipad for a little over a month when it had a fatal hardware malfunction and had to send it back to the company. They are refunding my money as we speak but my dilemma whether or not I should wait for the new release. I am kind of on the fence right now. Having a camera installed would be nice but I have no desire to have a smaller screen size at all. I don't like idea that they would make us choose to have a full size 10 in ipad or a much smaller version with a camera.

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