The 7 inch tablet segment has been making a lot of noise lately, enough for Apple to field a competitor of its own in the form of a mini iPad. A smaller sized iPad has been in the news for quite some time now and it seems all of that is set to culminate into a real device soon. There is also news from upstream component makers that indicate supply volumes could top 4 million units per month starting September, which will ensure there are enough to allow for a smooth launch which is expected to happen in October. Also, with that much of the 7.85 sized tablet produced every month, there should be enough to satiate the holiday buying frenzy as well, reports Digitimes.
As for the device itself, the smaller iPad will come with a 7.85 inch sized display which will have the same resolution as that of the second gen iPad. While that may not make for enough pixels to be called retina display, it will still rank right up there with the likes of the Nexus 7 and the various other 7 inchers coming out. Also, initial rumors point out the smaller iPad will sport a much thinner bezel along the sides, which will ensure the device maintains compact dimensions even when packing in a bigger display.
However, Apple might not be seen playing the price card with its mini iPad as it’s likely to be priced around the $399 mark. This will be twice that of the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire, the biggest names in the segment that had relied on a low initial cost to garner market share.