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Apple plans 5- to 7-inch $400 iPad for early 2011 - report

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Apple could be planning a smaller, cheaper version of its iPad tablet device with a screen size of 5-inches to 7-inches, and a price under $400, for launch in the first quarter of 2011, according to a new report.

Citing its senior analyst, Mingchi Kuo, DigiTimes reported Thursday that Apple is "expected" to release the new device in early 2011. Kuo cited "talks with upstream component sources," who said the device will focus mostly on reading and other mobile tasks that do not have a "high demand" for text input.

The analyst also said he believes the forthcoming HP Slate will not have an impact on sales of Apple's iPad, largely due to its Intel processor which consumes more power than Apple's custom-built A4. With virtually no competition in the tablet space, Apple managed to sell 300,000 iPads on its first day of availability.

The first-generation iPad has a 9.7-inch LCD, LED backlit screen with IPS technology. The existing iPhone and iPod touch have screen sizes of 3.5 inches.

Last year, reports suggested Apple tested screen sizes ranges from 4 inches to 12 inches in size as its iPad was in the prototype phase. Some of the orders placed were said to be enough for a significant small production run, rather than just a simple sample.
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that is actually the perfect size for the iPad IMHO. I love the iPad i have now, but i would put it on the shelf for a 6" model.
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As big as my dick and just as portable.
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Five fucking inches? Why not just get an iPhone?

Go away troll!!
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Apple's native resolution for the iPad is HD's 1024-by-768-pixel.

Since the apps are optimized for a fixed size, if they were to reduce the screen size, the same resolution would be the same and only the dot pix would change.

I don't think Apple would delute the user experience like that.

Its just not an option. You can't just carve up a new product nich basically on screen size between Laptop and NetPc and turn around and blow this away.

Microsoft could do this, Apple won't.

Its just stupid. But I do give points for the analysts to keep AAPL pumping up!
post #6 of 78
I'd rather see it go the other way: 8-1/2 x 11" screen. Only then could I seriously consider scanning everything on a regular basis and expect instant access to all the mundane documents that otherwise clutter up my office.

Yes, you can read everything now in a scaled-down format, but that's imposing on the user for the sake of the hardware. Having the option for a larger iPad (obviously at higher cost) would virtually eliminate such compromises and put paperless on par with paper. And having a larger screen for video playback never hurts either...

(And one could still use a smaller model for longer reading sessions and better portability.)
post #7 of 78
I don't see this happening. I, for one, wouldn't want a screen smaller than the iPads. I have my iPhone for that. If anything, I wouldn't mind a wall mountable version to function as a bedroom TV...maybe a 19-25" iPad? That'd be awesome.
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Apple could be planning a smaller, cheaper version of its iPad tablet device with a screen size of 5-inches to 7-inches, and a price under $400, for launch in the first quarter of 2011, according to a new report.

Citing its senior analyst, Mingchi Kuo, DigiTimes reported Thursday that Apple is "expected" to release the new device in early 2011. Kuo cited "talks with upstream component sources," who said the device will focus mostly on reading and other mobile tasks that do not have a "high demand" for text input.

....

Elsewhere in this area of the AppleInsider.com forum, we learned that the iPad is loaded inside--so much so that the device components alone account for a majority of the retail price. Every single component inside the iPad serves a critical function. A device or reduced size must necessarily be a different from the iPad.
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As big as my dick and just as portable.

Reported.

What happened to 'gay'? Did you just sign up to show off your sexual insecurities?
post #10 of 78
Yeah I don't buy it.

I have no doubt they prototype a great many products - but doing another size so soon can start to affect developers enthusiasm.

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I wouldn't mind a wall mountable version to function as a bedroom TV...maybe a 19-25" iPad? That'd be awesome.

I do think there's room for an iMac-like 22" or 28" screen - high resolution, touch?, iPad brains. It should do everything an iPad can plus act as a remote terminal to a regular Mac. So with one regular Mac in the house, you could have 5 screens capable of being iPads OR acting as Macs if they have a keyboard.
post #11 of 78
[Quadra 610] And the fragmentation continues [Quadra 610]



That being said, I call BS on this. After all, it's coming from DigiTimes, the National Enquirer of the tech news business.
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I don't see this happening. I, for one, wouldn't want a screen smaller than the iPads. I have my iPhone for that. If anything, I wouldn't mind a wall mountable version to function as a bedroom TV...maybe a 19-25" iPad? That'd be awesome.


it's ok, everyone will have forgotten about this rumour by then.
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this is a no go, wont it be a gigantic pain for developers to develop an app for the iphone ipad 10 ipad 5 and the ipad 7??????

why dont they just eliminate the ipod touch and sell the ipad 5 instead?

just random thoughts
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The other direction of size is also coming I bet. One day, once the software is available I can see a 30" or larger version on a desk for applications like Final Cut Pro. Obviously this would require a touch version of the full OS X and hardware of Mac Pro levels, not the iPhone OS and A4 Chip, but I can see the possibilities here. The large version I can imagine would lie on the desk top at a slight angle and it would be almost like playing a keyboard.
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post #15 of 78
Ipad is ~130 ppi, iPhone is ~160. iPhone density would be an 8" screen. Anything else would really be a tough sell.
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this is a no go, wont it be a gigantic pain for developers to develop an app for the iphone ipad 10 ipad 5 and the ipad 7??????

why dont they just eliminate the ipod touch and sell the ipad 5 instead?

just random thoughts

While there might be some logic to it, it is not consistent with Apple's current development system. They went to the trouble of adding the iPad to the SDK just this year. They're not going to change it that dramatically so soon.

If Apple intended for the iPad to be multiple sizes, they would have made the iPad SDK revision support multiple resolutions so that the developer could write once and deploy on an infinite number of screen sizes (like Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, etc). The fact that the screen sizes are locked into the SDK suggests strongly that the rumor is BS.
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post #17 of 78
A smaller form factor will have a battery life problem, I guess. A smaller screen takes less power, but for the CPU, it is the same as with the larger brother. Doesn't feel likely.
post #18 of 78
but still developer would have to develop differently because of the physical screen size, ipad 10 apps would look really really small and very hard to use if if the tap areas are simply reduced in size by resolution. resolution would not solve the problem, think off how an ipad app would work on a ihpone screen? and vice versa an ipad 5 or iphone app seem ridiculously small on the ipad 10, even though pixel doubling sort of solves this
post #19 of 78
I doubt this. They are just now addressing the (still open) debate of "why do I need something between an iPhone and a MB" and within a year's time, they are going to be addressing "why do I need something between an iPhone and something between an iPhone and a MB"?

No way.
post #20 of 78
I totally don't see this happening. It would cannibalize iPod touch and iPad sales. Just doesn't make sense any way you slice it.
post #21 of 78
This rumor belongs on "Page 2". It doesn't hold any logic in reality. As if they wanted tablets to become the next laptops, and offer different screen sizes & different price points.

Pitiful rumor; wonder who it serves? It's a negative rumor as far as I'm concerned - talking about possible versions of a product which just shipped. But wait! There's the HP Slate which comes in that SAME form factor + size! Wow, genius!
post #22 of 78
Sort of sounds familiar.

Didn't these idiots say that Apple would be coming out with a cheaper and smaller iPhone?

Uh, yeah.

I think the iPad is at the sweet spot IMO.
post #23 of 78
Stock manipulators!
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As big as my dick and just as portable.

Not a good first post
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I'd rather see it go the other way: 8-1/2 x 11" screen. Only then could I seriously consider scanning everything on a regular basis and expect instant access to all the mundane documents that otherwise clutter up my office.

Yes, you can read everything now in a scaled-down format, but that's imposing on the user for the sake of the hardware. Having the option for a larger iPad (obviously at higher cost) would virtually eliminate such compromises and put paperless on par with paper. And having a larger screen for video playback never hurts either...

(And one could still use a smaller model for longer reading sessions and better portability.)

Won't happen. "The world" uses the A4 format, 8.5 x 11" is only used in the US. Apple will want to sell their products globally.
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Originally Posted by NIZZARD View Post

As big as my dick and just as portable.

This story is about a smaller iPad, not the iPod Touch.
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This story is about a smaller iPad, not the iPod Touch.

you mean the ipod shuffle
post #28 of 78
I think it'll be right between what an ipod touch is and what the ipad is. So ipod touch is like 3.5 inches? ipad is 10? 7 inches seems to fill the gap the best. Both would be cool too lol

This raises some questions though, like will 9.7 ipad apps run on 7?
post #29 of 78
iPad mini? how many times can they repeat this marketing idea..

if it is borderless... maybe.
post #30 of 78
There is no way they are going to do this. There is no reason to have a device between the iPhone and the current iPad.
post #31 of 78
Here we go again. The iPad was just released few days ago and the rumor of new iPad already started. I don't see it happening anytime soon.
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...I don't see it happening anytime soon.

I don't see it happening at all. I think they should establish the iPad in it's position between the iPod Touch and the MB before worrying about squeezing something else in between the iPod and the iPad.
post #33 of 78
As Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush used to say, "Nah Gah Dahit."
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Sort of sounds familiar.

Didn't these idiots say that Apple would be coming out with a cheaper and smaller iPhone?

Uh, yeah.

I think the iPad is at the sweet spot IMO.

Yes, it's exactly like the smaller iPhone rumors* that have, and will lead nowhere. A smaller iPad, besides the resolution issues mentioned, still lacks the portability of an iPhone/iPod touch, but loses much of the advantage of the size of the iPad, like a reasonably sized keyboard, and providing a good size for reading, viewing web pages, etc.

I don't see apple doing this.


* if the word 'rumors' doesn't even give it too much credibility
post #35 of 78
No.
They.
Aren't.

STFU.
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

[Quadra 610] And the fragmentation continues [Quadra 610]



That being said, I call BS on this. After all, it's coming from DigiTimes, the National Enquirer of the tech news business.

You missed the "Great" part to that fragmentation.
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Elsewhere in this area of the AppleInsider.com forum, we learned that the iPad is loaded inside--so much so that the device components alone account for a majority of the retail price. Every single component inside the iPad serves a critical function. A device or reduced size must necessarily be a different from the iPad.

Exactly.

Personally I think someone is blowing smoke. Found out that Apple, in testing, had gotten a couple dozen screens and ran with this 'knowledge'

for all we know, they could be test a new paying system to go to something a little bit than the touches they know. Or a touch screen for the new super Apple TV etc
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Originally Posted by GregAlexander View Post

I do think there's room for an iMac-like 22" or 28" screen - high resolution, touch?, iPad brains. It should do everything an iPad can plus act as a remote terminal to a regular Mac. So with one regular Mac in the house, you could have 5 screens capable of being iPads OR acting as Macs if they have a keyboard.

I think the more likely thing is that Apple will revamp all their monitors within the next year so that they are touch capable. Isn't Samsung already doing that? I know someone was telling me the other day some major company was making their entire line of monitors touch capable.

I don't think something that big being wall mounted and used largely with the touch interface makes much sense tho. I could see wall mounting an iPad and using it with some specialized apps to control your home. Maybe wall mount an iMac and use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control. As you walk in the room you could step up to it and get a movie or tv program started then sit down and use your remote for whatever. Touch only really makes sense when you are right there tho and not many people would be standing there like that for long.
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Not a good first post

it is if what he wanted was attention. you (and a couple others) gave it to him. you 'fed the troll' as the saying goes.

this world would be much better if folks would simply add them to ignore and not reposted their crap so those that are ignoring still have to read it in your quotes.
post #40 of 78
iPad Mini discussion. Looks like size and weight is an issue.
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