iPad Mini – Maybe


There is talk in rumorville that Apple is again eyeing 5-inch panels for a new iPad to fit between the current iPad and the iPhone in size. CNET quoted a Chinese source who claims that Apple is working with LCD suppliers to get a five-inch screen. Supposedly, Apple wants a panel with a resolution high enough to be called a retina display.

According to the source, the smaller iPad would land sometime next year with a resolution of either 1600 x 960 or 1280 x 960. This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the so-called iPad mini, but this rumor continues to resurface. Other rumors floating around have claimed Apple is eyeing 7.85-inch screen or a 7.1-inch screen.

However, this five-inch panel isn’t that much larger than the other rumored "new" iPhone screen that is 4.6 inches. If Apple wants a smaller screen tablet to compete against the Samsung Galaxy Note in size, a five-inch device with the ability to place phone calls at a price similar to smaller and cheaper tablets on the market in the $199-$250 range might make sense. Time will tell...

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