Here come more seven-inch iPad rumors.
The Apple-centric news site iLounge is reporting that the Mac maker has “substantially finished” a seven-inch iPad and will announce the device either late this year or in early 2011. Also, Apple has been tinkering with smaller iPad for a while, dating back to a time before the iPhone. This is all coming from a source iLounge describes as having a “very high” accuracy level.
Last month, DigiTimes reported that Apple planned to launch two smaller iPads in Q4 2010. Both units, a 5.6-inch model and seven-inch tablet would sport an OLED screen in lieu of the current iPad LCD display. DigiTimes reported that Apple had put in orders with Taiwan-based component makers for the new screens.
DigiTimes also reported the same rumor back in April, before the iPad launch, citing word from component makers.
The move to a seven-inch screen could make sense for Apple as the market is wide open for devices of all sizes.
The five-inch Dell Streak is the only Android tablet currently available with the clout and mainstream manufacturer marketing muscle to compete with the iPad, and Samsung might soon step into the ring with the seven-inch Galaxy Tab.
Other tablets from HP, Acer, Sony, LG and Motorola are all still “months away,” according to various rumors and reports.