Amidst so many rumors around Apple iPad, a new report has surfaced from the Wall Street Journal that gives details about Apple which it claims to be testing an 8 inch version of its popular 9.7 inch tablet in its labs.
Officials at a few Apple suppliers have confirmed that the company has shown them screen designs for the new iPad, which is around 8 inches in size. The official, who declined to be named, said that the new design is being qualified by the suppliers. Another unnamed source in the report claims that the new 8 inch device will have the same resolution as that of iPad 2 reporting that Apple is now in the process of producing test panels for the gadget along side its screen manufacturers.
The 8 inch tablet reportedly, will have upgraded hardware specs and some killer apps set to compete with Android or Window based tablets. Many are now wondering if Apple would release this 8 inch iPad as iPad 3 which is slated to roll out in early March. However, we already know Apple has promised a resolution for iPad 3 that will be better than the previous versions so we can safely decline this notion. This, however, can be an iPad Mini or iPad 4.
But testing a new screen size does not necessarily means that it will actually see the day light. It’s not unconventional for Apple to test our multiple versions of its devices to explore the best option, so each iteration doesn’t always make its way to the shelves. This news also makes us recall what, the late cofounder of Apple said about smaller sized tablets. He said that the iPad's 9.7-inch form was "the minimum size required to create great tablet apps," and also that “our fingers are too fat for a 7 inch tablet”.
But since then, 2 years have gone by and it’s possible that the mobile device market has changed over time. More over, Diana Wu, an analyst at Capital Securities in Taipei said that the demand for Samsung 5.3 inch Galaxy Note and Amazon’s 7 inch Kindle are a proof of the fact that "consumers want a tablet that is smaller than the existing 9.7-inch iPad. IPad's features are good enough, but pricing would be an important factor in the mass market, especially in big emerging markets like China and India," she said.