Apple All But Confirms 7.85-inch iPad Mini Rumor
Reports from The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and New York Times claim inside knowledge of Apple’s plan to release a smaller, less-expensive iPad model for release later this year.The new iPad, iPad mini, will boast a 7.85-inch form factor and cost “significantly less than the latest $499 iPad”.
The company is developing a new tablet with a 7.85-inch screen that is likely to sell for significantly less than the latest $499 iPad, with its 9.7-inch display, according to several people with knowledge of the project who declined to be named discussing confidential plans. The product is expected to be announced this year.
This comes as no surprise after a series of purported iPad mini engineering samples that were leaked and included side-by-side comparisons with the current third-generation iPad.
Purported “iPad mini” engineering sample
iPad mini is expected to compete against Google‘s recently-announced $199 Nexus 7 Android tablet as well as Amazon Kindle Fire and the upcoming Windows Surface featuring Windows RT.
To have a look at what you expect from the new iPad mini, which actually close to 8-inch than 7-inch diagonal, here is a good represtation from @trojankitten
7.85-inch iPad compared to other popular 7-inch tablets