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Mini iPad 3 may join third-generation tablet in 2012

After Apple’s official confirmation of a third-generation iPad event, all eyes are obviously on what kind of form factor and hardware specifications will be included in the iPad 2 successor.

Before we have even had enough time to digest all of the exciting rumors regarding the next iPad, we have just fresh fresh claims surfacing from Taiwan that Apple may also be planning to release a smaller, 7.85 iPad towards the end of the year.

We have had numerous reports suggesting that the device will include the likes of a Retina Display, a faster processor and an 8 megapixel camera, but we haven’t had too many details regarding form factor. Consumers are expecting the device to look exactly like the iPad 2, so it’s interesting to hear that we may now be getting a second iPad in 2012 in much smaller form.

An article published this week by Digitimes claims that it is ‘likely’ that a 7.85-inch iPad will begin production during the third quarter of 2012 so it may become available for purchase during the holiday period this year. Apple will have obviously seen what Samsung are doing with the countless iterations of the Galaxy Tab, so perhaps they now feel that the time is right to offer their iPad in a variety of sizes. 10-inches may be deemed too big for some consumers, so having the option of an 8-inch model instead, with the same features as the upcoming iPad 3 is a good move in our opinion.

What are your thoughts on this? After all the talk on this 10-inch iPad 3 event next week, would you now save your money if an 8-inch iPad became available later as well?



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