John Gruber of Daring Fireball speculated that if Apple will release its so-called iPad Mini later this year, the small tablet will use the same display as the iPhone 3GS. That’s because the handset’s screen is manufactured in large sheets, and then cut to necessary size. This allows the company to produce 7.85-inch display with 1024 x 768-pixel resolution.
Gruber first indicated the possibility of iPad Mini in April. There were also claims that Apple is “noodling with” ideas and prototypes for a 7.85-inch tablet. However, he pointed out that he’s not sure whether such device will materialize.
Emerging iPad Mini Rumors
Gruber’s prediction came in after the previous reports indicated that Apple will release an iPad Mini before the end of 2012. There were also reports that the smaller tablet will not feature a Retina Display like the one found on the new iPad.
It was also rumored that an announcement will be made this October, the same month when Apple is said to reveal its next-generation iPhone. The company’s iOS 6 is also expected to arrive on Apple devices sometime this fall.
By retaining a 1024 x 768-pixel resolution display, Apple enables existing applications for the first and second-generation iPad to run on the rumored device without any necessary changes. In addition, a tablet that measures 7.85-inches in height would be roughly the same as the width of the new iPad.
The iPhone 3GS features a 3.5-inch display with 480 x 320 pixels. Its screen technology features 163 per inch pixel density, while the third-generation iPad has 264 pixels per inch.
iPad Mini: Maintaining Apple’s Market Dominance
Whether Apple will release an iPad Mini this year or not, a smaller tablet could let Apple maintain its market dominance, especially now that Microsoft Surface and Google Nexus 7 were already announced.
Earlier last month, Microsoft announced its Surface tablet. It features their upcoming Windows 8 operating system, multi-touch display, VaporMg enclosure, built-in stand, dual MIMO arrays, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 display. Google’s Nexus 7, on the other hand, boasts Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1280 x 800-pixel display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, quad-core CPU, and 12-core graphics processor.
In relation to this, Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee pointed out that a more affordable iPad could undermine would-be competitors that offer cheap tablets in hopes of taking their market share. As of the moment, the cheapest iPad being offered is the 16 GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi that costs $199.
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