Since the original iPad was introduced in early 2010, the tablet has been offered in several different models, each varying slightly in price, design, and features. The iPad 2, for instance, was advertised for its front- and rear-facing cameras, thinner design, faster processor, and availability in a new white color choice.
One aspect of the iPad that has remained constant, nonetheless, is its 9.7-inch display. Even when Apple launches the so-called “iPad 3″ next Wednesday in San Francisco, the tablet is still expected to retain the same size display. But, before the holidays, Apple could indeed release an iPad with a screen size in the area of 7-inches to 8-inches…
According to the latest iPad rumor from Samsung Securities, Apple will indeed launch a 7-inch “iPad mini” in Q3 of the fiscal year, just prior to the holiday shopping season. Previously, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that Apple was working on an 8-inch iPad, which directly contradicts this new 7-inch iPad rumor.
The so-called “iPad mini” could be released to better compete with the 7-inch Kindle Fire sold by Amazon, and other smaller tablets that have emerged on the market. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, however, previously stated that he does not believe that a 7-inch iPad is viable for app development, claiming that it would be “DOA” — dead on arrival.