Report Claims Apple Is Working On 7-Inch iPad Mini And 4-Inch iPhone 5

News | Sunday November 13 2011 8:35 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , ,

are back. ComputerWorld (via The Korean Times) reports that Apple is working on a smaller iPad and iPhone with a larger screen.
Korean Times claims that they’ve received this information from an “industry insider”.
An “industry insider” who spoke to the Korea Times made reference to an “iPad mini” and the iPhone 5 after approaching the newspaper with details of a new deal between Apple and LG Display concerning displays for future iOS devices.
A meeting between Apple and LG Display is reportedly due to take place in the next few days and one of the topics of conversation will be Apple ‘s plans to introduce a 7.35in tablet [..]
[…] “Next year’s iPhone to feature a 4-inch display by LG Display, half an inch larger than the 3.5-inch display and retina display resolution will remain unchanged because LCD is currently being regarded as the right solution to offer value with better cost-cuts,” the unnamed executive reportedly told the Korea Times.
wasn’t just a rumor, but in fact existed as a prototype. However, plans to introduce it was scrapped as 
 platform to get fragmented with different screen sizes.
We are also skeptical about the possibility of a 7-inch iPad as Steve Jobs had famously taken a dig at Apple ‘s competitors for launching tablets that sport a 7-inch screen. Steve Jobs had this to say at a conference call last year about upcoming tablets from competitors:
Just a handful of credible entrants. Almost all use 7″ screen, compared to iPad at nearly 10″ screen. 7″ screen is only 45% as large as iPad’s screen. Hold an iPad in portrait view and draw a horizontal line halfway down. What’s left is a 7″ screen…too small. There are clear limits to how close elements can be on the screen before users can’t touch accurately. We believe 10-inch screen is minimum necessary.
The reason we won’t make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit that price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.
We know developers aren’t going to deal well with these different sizes and they have to change their software every time the screen size changes.
When we make decisions on 7-inch tablets it’s not about cost, it’s about the value of the product when you factor in the software.
We’re all about making the best products at aggressive prices and that’s what we do, and that’s what we will do with the iPad and iPod .
However, with competition from Amazon, which started shipping 
 – a $199 tablet today, it is possible that Apple is reconsidering its decision.
Would you be interested in buying an iPad mini? Let us know in the comments.

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