Rumors abound that Apple may have an “iPad Mini” tablet in the works, thanks to a recent report from United Daily News in Taiwan. According to the report, the device will sport a 7.85-inch display with the same resolution (1024 x 768) as the iPad 2, with LG Display and AU Optronics supplying the hardware.
The iPad Mini could be an attempt by Apple to compete in the lower-priced tablet market; more specifically, it could be intended to be a direct competitor to Amazon’s recently-announced Kindle Fire tablet, which goes on sale November 15 for $199. But whatever the case may be, analyst Brian White from Ticonderoga Securities maintains that the term “mini” in the title would only be in reference to the new tablet’s price tag.
Theorizing that the iPad Mini would actually be the same size as the current iPad (a nine-inch display), White estimated that it may just feature lower-end specs and be released in the first few months of 2012 for somewhere in the “high to mid-$200 range.” It would be an interesting move in the interim, seeing as Apple is also expected to release an iPad 3 — featuring a higher resolution of 2048 x 736 — later in 2012.