As has happened with all generations of Apple’s mobile devices, the possible creation of an iPad mini comes again to light as a rumor. We heard people talking here and there about this iPad mini but the idea of the Cupertino company creating a 7 inch tablet was never 100% believable as Steve Jobs had always been against it. He once said that “there are clear limits on how close you can place things on a touch screen, which is why we think 10 inch is the minimum screen size to create great tablet apps.”
The excitement generated by each new Apple product causes rumors which arise continuously before the launch of the future devices. This has happened with all of the iPhones and iPads that have been manufactured so far. This feeling is aided by the company’s secrecy about its new products, the expectation that creates rumors increases and multiplies.
On this occasion, all the tech news sites believe that Apple is working on developing a tablet smaller than the current iPad. The idea is to create a mini iPad, which would be the fourth-generation of this device. More specifically, one of 7.85 inches. Apple would buy the 7.85-inch screens from LG Display and AU Optronics (AUO), and the production of this model would begin in the second quarter of 2012, with the intention of selling it later this year.
Now, the Chinese website NetEase brings new data to the table. As to date, this might be more “accurate” than the previous information and places its launch in autumn. In addition, NetEase seems to know the price of the iPad mini. The new ‘tablet’ would be between $249 and $299.
If this happens, Apple would compete with the Windows 8 tablets that are supposed to appear on the market also this autumn. According to these rumors, Apple is preparing an initial shipment of 6 million units for the launch of the 7.85 inches tablet.
Has Apple forgotten its roots? Launching the mini iPad would be a contradiction with the ideals of the late Steve Jobs, who once said that devices with a screen size of seven inches “would die in the attempt.”