Google has only just announced plans to release their impressive Nexus 7 tablet onto the market this month, but inevitably, we’re already hearing that Apple has plans to directly counter this move with a smaller iPad of their own which will release later this year.
It is not the first time we have heard whispers about a ‘mini iPad’ of course, but it is the first time that the likes of the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have both said at the same time that a smaller device is coming before the end of the year.
Although Steve Jobs publicly said that the iPad is a perfect size at 10-inches, it looks like new CEO Tim Cook has given the green light for the company to press forward with an iPad that measures around 7 or 8 inches. The report from WSJ also indicates that Apple will lower their current iPad prices in line with that of the $199 Nexus 7, but one main feature may be omitted in order to cut the costs.
A lot of people are not too happy that the Nexus 7 doesn’t come with a rear camera. However, prepare to be shocked somewhat if Apple release this smaller iPad for $199, but without an HD Retina Display on board. Instead, we may see the 7-8 inch iPad with a display screen quality closer to the iPad 2, which managed to produce 132 pixels per inch.
After having seen the significant boost in screen quality compared to the iPad 2 and the new iPad with its Retina Display – do we really want a new iPad product with a decrease in display quality? A lot of consumers will not for sure and it would be a risky move if it’s really the display that they are thinking about tweaking in order to bring the costs down.
We would actually prefer it if they copy Google and release a new smaller iPad without a rear camera, but removing that Retina Display would be the wrong decision in our opinion. Let us know your thoughts on this. It’s clear that Apple are planning a smaller iPad, but would you prefer to keep the Retina Display at the expense of another hardware feature?