Apple is allegedly working on a version of the iPad that is about half as big as the current model. The device – already touted as the iPad mini – will fall somewhere between the iPod Touch and the current iPad in size and price.
The first word on this model comes from Mingchi Kuo, a senior analyst with Digitimes Research, who says he got the information by talking to the component makers Apple is going to use for the parts.
Kuo says the iPad mini is going to have a display that’s between 5- and 7-inches. The current iPad has a 9.7-inch touchscreen. There is no word yet on screen resolution for the upcoming model.
Like the current iPad, it is likely geared toward users interested in content consumption, like reading e-books, checking email or accessing the Web.
Many details remain unknown, such as the amount of internal storage capacity that this future device will offer.
Coming Next Year
The iPad mini supposedly won’t be on the market for nearly a year. According to Kuo, it could debut in the first quarter of 2011.
It is expected to cost less than $400, which will put it on par with the high-end version of the iPod Touch.