Rumor: Apple will release a smaller iPad in September
Apple has taken the consumer market by storm. In the first 72 hours of release, Apple sold about 3 million iPads. Daily Infographic estimates that Apple will sell 56.2 million iPads in 2012. And according to MSN, there are 200 million Apple devices using the Apple iOS operating system. How many cars were built in the world over the same period? 213 million. That's for all manufacturers.
So, if you're like us, you're pretty interested in when the smaller iPad is coming out.
The rumor is that we'll see a 7-inch iPad priced at $200-250 in time for the holiday season. (The current iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch screen.) And unconfirmed reports say it will have Siri integration.
According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, sources in Apple’s Taipei supply chain say Apple is going to have "an exciting" September that would see the launch of both the new iPhone and the iPad Mini.
Other analysts pinpoint Q4 as go-time. Pacific Crest's Andy Hargreaves said, "Our checks suggest a smaller iPad is likely to launch prior to this holiday season." Andy thinks the price tag will be $299, and the device have a 7.58-inch screen, with a 1024x768 pixel display (same pixel count as the iPad 2). "We also expect Apple to use a glass-film touch solution instead of the more expensive glass-glass touch solution that it uses on the larger iPads and the iPhone," Hargreaves said.
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