All about Apple. According to a recent rumor, a long-anticipated smaller iPad will go into volume production approximately in half a year, though sample units are already said to being tested. As reported by Digitimes, the device won’t arrive in factories for assembling until summer.
Even if true, all about apple tech news would a possible moving target as the California tablet maker tried to firm up its plans. Previously, Apple was claimed to be starting mass production in late spring. With the 7.85-inch iPad being manufactured in the summer, the finished product would launch more likely towards late summer or early fall, as the company would need to build up supplies.
There were also a pure speculation among the suppliers that the smaller tablet would be priced at between $249 and $299. The 8GB capacity of the regular-sized iPad 2 was thought to be available for $349 to $399. Apple could likely adopt such price strategy to squeeze out the competitive Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, which are popular mostly thanks to providing some key tablet features at a way lower price.
The very idea of a smaller iPad has always been doubted, as former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was known to discard the concept that would require the company to sacrifice too many interface elements in order to reduce the size. However, iPad, 7.85-inch iPad, production would be just large enough to remove some of the conflicts arising from such a small size without having to sacrifice the size advantage over existing iPad models.
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