Apple to Start Production of 7.85-inch iPad in 3Q12?

Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:47am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5917 views

Apple will likely begin production of a 7.85-inch iPad in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to a new DigiTimes report.

The planned launch of the 7.85-inch iPad is apparently to take on Amazon's US$199 7-inch Kindle Fire as well as a comparable model from Barnes & Noble, although Apple already took up nearly a 60% share of the tablet PC market in 2011, indicated the sources.

The smaller iPad will reportedly be priced at $249 to $299 and will sell alongside an 8GB iPad 2 for $349-$399 and a 16GB iPad 2 for $449.

The WSJ recently corroborated the report that Apple was qualifying displays for a smaller iPad but didn't have a time frame for release.

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madcow - March 1, 2012 at 3:57pm
So.... the expectation is that the ipad 2 will only drop $50? That doesn't sound right. Even if the new ipad is 70 more which I'm also doubting. Perhaps this smaller ipad will be the new iteration of the ipod touch? Or a whole new name. The iPeed
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