WSJ: Apple Working on 8-Inch iPad

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that the iPad 3 would include LTE capability for AT&T and Verizon’s network. Today, the Journal’s sources told them that Apple is working hard on an 8-inch iPad to extinguish Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. Their source is said to be “Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named.”

Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around 8-inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it. Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad 2, comes with a 9.7-inch screen. It was launched late last year.

One person said the smaller device will have a similar resolution screen as the iPad 2. Apple is working with screen makers including Taiwan-based AU Optronics Co. and LG Display Co. of South Korea to supply the test panels, the person said.

The Journal goes on to forewarn that Apple is constantly fiddling with their designs, so this 8-inch iPad that the supplier claims exists may either be changed to something else or even not be released at all. This so-called “iPad mini” or “iPad nano” has been a rumored device for quite some time, though the late Steve Jobs never did endorse smaller displays on the tablet.

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