New iPAD Mini likely in Oct/Nov 2012 ?

Posted on September 17, 2012


After the launch of the iphone 5, the next big gadget on most smartphone/tablet users mind is the potential iPad Mini , rumoured to be a smaller size iPad at a 7 to 8” display. Some have even said is going to be 7.8 inch display. Infact all these are rumours and there is nothing concrete whether there will really be such a smaller size iPad

Summary of these rumours from TechRadar :

Update: A report straight out of China suggests that key Apple manufactures Foxconn and Pegatron have started to receive orders for the new iPad mini. It goes on to say the factories will have 6 million units ready for a launch in Q3 of 2012.
Update: An iMore source claims that the iPad Mini will be ready by October 2012.
Update: A Taiwanese source has claimed that the mini iPad will be in the hands of consumers before Christmas, with a third quater launch on the cards.
Update: According to Bloomberg, an unnamed source said a tablet with a screen size of “7 to 8 inches diagonally” will arrive before 2012 reaches its close.
Update: The Wall Street Journal reports that sources in Apple’s Asian supply chain have revealed the iPad Mini will go into production from September.

If the smaller size iPad turns out real and is in the 7 to 8 inch display range, I look forward to Tim Cook’s explanation for such. Most of us will know it will be purely due to  market demand and rising popularity of such size tablets as seen by the success chalked up by other Android based manufacturers such as Samsung, Asus, Acer and most recent Google themselves with the Nexus 7. Apple will not want to lose out to this lucrative section of the market

It brings back to me Steve Job’s adamant reasoning and rationale against such a smaller size tablet

On Oct 19 2010 during  a financial-results conference call , Steve Jobs had made the following comments on  the shortcomings of 7-inch tablets to reporters and analysts .  At the time, he was commenting on Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablets, and he didn’t think much of them and so would you, he had say.

He said :

Almost all [Android-based tablets] use 7-inch screens as opposed to iPads near 10-inch screen. Let’s start there.One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 per cent of the benefits of the 10-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7-inch screen is only 45 per cent as large as iPad’s 10-inch screen. You heard me right. Just 45 per cent as large.

If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on a 7-inch tablet are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad’s display. The size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion.

While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.

Apple has done extensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them. This one of the key reasons, we think, the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.

Jobs didn’t stop there. He also argued that tablet users were also smartphone users, and thus 7-inch tablets were of a size that made no sense .

Every tablet user is also a smartphone user. No tablet can compete with the mobility of the smartphone – its ease of fitting in your pocket or purse, its unobtrusiveness when used in a crowd.Given that all tablet users will already have a smartphone in their pockets, giving up precious display area to fit a tablet in their pockets is clearly the wrong trade-off. The 7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with the smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.

These are among the reasons we think the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA – dead on arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small, and increase the size next year, thereby abandoning both customers and developers who jumped on the 7-inch bandwagon with an orphan product. UNQUOTE

Well,  Let’s wait and see how Tim Cook will explained all that statements made by the late Steve Jobs in case the iPad Mini becomes a fact.