It wasn’t too long ago that the web was alive with rumors of 7 and 5 inch sized iPads for release either during Christmas or early 2011. However, Apple supremo Steve Jobs had poured cold water on all of that, stating the 10 inch sized iPad is the best and the smallest a tablet can be while still delivering a superior experience. According to him, the quality will start to deteriorate with diminishing screen size. Steve had gone on record making controversial statements, saying manufacturers of smaller sized tablets also need to sell “sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size,” and smaller screen real estate will be simply not “sufficient to create great tablet apps.”
However, we have seen the Samsung Galaxy Tab race on to reach the million mark in spite of it being relatively high priced. Corresponding with Samsung’s success, rumors of a smaller iPad have once again come to the forefront, rekindling hopes amongst those who were actually looking forward to such a device that would pack the finesse of the larger iPad but in a smaller and more portable package.
Not surprisingly, further details of the tablet are severely lacking. Except this time rumors claim the smaller device will be half the size of the current gen iPad. The timing of the rumor is very interesting, seeing as it’s no secret the Cupertino based company is bracing itself up for the launch of the next generation iPad that is said to have a camera each on the front and rear while also having a higher-resolution LCD touch screen display. The new iPad is slated to hit markets during the first quarter of next year, which means we won’t have to wait long to know the real facts.