There are rumors doing the rounds saying that Apple is in the process of developing new versions of its hugely successful tablet PC the iPad. The new versions, according to rumor, will have smaller screen sizes than the current iPad. This is nothing new to us or our regular readers, however.
Well, we do have more info about the newest baby iPads that are going to hit us during the first quarter of 2011 that gives us an idea of what to expect from Apple:
The next gen iPads may not have the size to flaunt but it does get an upgrade where it matters the most: its processors. While the current generation iPad comes equipped with ARM Cortex A8 processor – A4 processor in Apple speak – both versions of the new iPads are likely to be powered by a more powerful customized ARM Cortex A9 processor which scores over the A4 in terms of a higher clock speed and multi-core capabilities.
Along with a boost in CPU capabilities, the new iPads also also likely to be provided with enhanced system memories which may be doubled from the current 256 MB to 512 MB. Also, while it was earlier believed the new iPads will come with OLED screen which are considered superior to the LCD displays, it seems that’s not the case as the latest reports point out its going to be a revert back to the IPS panels that the iPad now sports. However, screen resolution will continue to be the same at 1024 × 768 pixels in spite of the screen size being scaled down, which translates to better pixel density for the new iPads with smaller screen sizes.
However, what should be kept in mind is that these are after all rumors, though this information can be a good indication of the things to come during the first half of 2011. In any case, the one certainty is that the new generation iPads will be superior to the current iPads in spite of them being downsized.
All those e-readers which have just started settling down after price cuts, and all the cheap Android powered tablets which might have thought a low price made them safe from the iPad onslaught are going to see even more competition from the iPad.