More iPad mini rumours: this time it will have a smaller screen after all

More iPad mini rumours: this time it will have a smaller screen after allYou gotta love those Apple rumours. It's the only company that can be at the centre of two highly plausible but completely contradictory rumours at the same time.

What are we on about? Well, just the other day we were hearing about the potential for an iPad 'mini' to launch early next year, with the same form factor as the iPad 2 but a lower-end spec.

Today we hear a different rumour – that there really is a 'mini' iPad on the way, and it'll have a cut-size 7.85in screen.

Says who, you're no doubt asking? Credit for this one must go to Taiwan's United Daily News [via Google Translate], which reckons LG Display and AU Optronics have been lined up as component suppliers for the cut-size slate.

The report alleges that the smaller-screened iPad will still have the 1024 x 768 resolution of its big brother, meaning a higher pixels-per-inch figure, which should make for slightly crisper images on screen.

That's not what Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White said last week, however. He reckons an iPad mini is in the works, but that the 'mini' label only refers to a more entry-level spec rather than a reduction in physical size.

So who's right and who's wrong? Who the hell knows? Quite possibly neither of them. It could just be another typical day in the Apple rumours fun-house.

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Stelph  Oct. 20, 2011 at 16:20

What, and go against Job's comments about a 7" tablets being dead on arrival?

It would be a brave CEO that would announce that to a Mac mob, they'd lynch him

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 20, 2011 at 16:59

stelp, 7.85in is not 7in :p

Seriously, I'd like a 12in iPad with an integrated hw QWERTY - like the Kindle DX (but backlit, you Amazon-idiots!)

corgi74  Oct. 20, 2011 at 17:00

I don't think there is a hope in hell of a 7" iPad.
However Steve Jobs never said anything about a 7" iPod Touch.
Perhaps that's why they didn't update the touch the other week.


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