It makes sense that a smaller iPad Mini might launch right behind the iPhone 5, especially considering the next iPhone is expected to only grow in size slightly, which would be stretched and not given any width. Looking at the current competition there is a market for a 7-inch iPad right in-between a longer iPhone 5 and a 10-inch iPad 3, and this cheaper option would help Apple compete for consumers considering the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.
Numerous Chinese sources have supported the new Apple iPad claim, and these rumors point to a smaller iPad being produced in a Brazil plant. The pre-holiday launch is exactly the same window for an iPhone 5 release date, and this is certain considering we have already missed the traditional WWDC launch platform.
Having looked at the popularity of the Google Nexus 7 it seems that a growing number of consumers favor the 7-inch display size, and many tablet buyers state that a 10-inch display is far less portable. We have even heard from people with large hands that find a 7-inch form factor is just right, and one of the most common reasons for this favoritism is the weight of the iPad 3 compared to tablets like the Nexus 7. If Apple were in agreement with this growing consumer trend then we would expect something to be done about it in the coming months, which could very well be a smaller iPad.
Apple will need to position themselves correctly in this changing market, and just because they are number one at the moment with the iPad, things could change very fast if Apple miss the changing trends. There is also the opportunity for Apple to leave out the Retina display and focus on a lower price for the 7-inch model, and considering the iPhone 5 is unlikely to move much above 4-inches in screen size, there is room for this change around the same release date in 2012.
We have included a collection of wild concept videos below this article, which are mainly about a future iPhone 5 and what the design could become. This shows a growing number of people want a design change, and we’re sure Apple will deliver this year. The wild concepts from imaginative people include spider-like designs, dreaming up a commercial for distance possibilities, and blending other phones with an iPhone 5 like the Galaxy S3. Would you want a 7-inch iPad and should the next iPhone increase a lot more in size?
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