It’s widely believed that the iPad 3 could be releasing in only a few weeks as stock seemingly runs low of the current model, and price reductions are also seen. Now there are reports that Apple may take on the Kindle Fire with a smaller iPad possible.
This is not the first time we have heard rumors of a smaller iPad, but new reports are suggesting that Apple may be currently testing an eight inch device. As Electronista are reporting Apple have often been known to test a variety of displays for its devices with many never seeing the light of day. Many consumers seem to prefer the bigger ten inch screen size, which Apple already dominates with the iPad.
But smaller devices such as the Amazon Kindle Fire have begun eating into Apple’s market share, with Samsung’s Galaxy Note also selling well. Only yesterday we told you about Samsungs new seven inch device the Galaxy Tab 2. According to Diana Wu of Capital Securities many consumers want a smaller tablet PC, and pricing of any new sized unit from Apple will be very important if it was too succeed.
Previously the late Steve Jobs championed the screen size of the iPad saying that it was ideal for such a device. Apple has over sixty percent of the tablet PC sector, and entering the lower end of the market could easily increase this further.
Rival companies have seen the most success with tablet PCs around seven inches, and a smaller device from Apple with most of the main features found in the standard iPad will tempt many consumers. It is thought a smaller iPad will offer a similar screen resolution to the current model otherwise not much else is known.
With regards to the iPad 3 there are rumors that the device could make its debut on March 7th. Apple would certainly be covering more bases by offering consumers a smaller iPad, and us consumers always like plenty of choice.
Would you like to see an eight inch iPad?