Speculation about Apple Mini iPad tablet, which would be smaller than the iPad but larger than the iPhone, have been circulating on the Internet for a while now. These rumours received support from a report published in the Wall Street Journal which says that Apple indeed will bring out a Mini iPad by this year end.
The Wall Street Journal reports that component suppliers in Asia said that Apple told them to prepare for mass production of the smaller tablet, which will be smaller than 8 inches.
Bloomberg also reported that Apple may announce the new product in October, and that the smaller tablet will not have a high-resolution Retina display like the latest version of the iPad.
Analysts say a smaller and cheaper tablet from Apple would help the company better compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s newly introduced Nexus 7. Both have 7-inch screens and are priced at about $200.