7.85 inch iPad Mini to come in late 2012, iPad 3 in Q1 2012

That rumored 7.85 inch iPad – which can certainly be considered an iPad Mini – may not arrive early next year, as previously suggested, but only towards the end of the year.

According to DigiTimes, “sources in the supply chain” are saying that Apple will likely release the 7.85 inch iPad in the fourth quarter of 2012, with production for its panels to start at the end of the second quarter.

Before that, in the first quarter of the year, the Cupertino company should introduce the successor to the iPad 2, most probably called iPad 3 (reportedly, this will have a 10 inch display with a resolution increased to 2048 x 1536 pixels).

The 7.85 inch iPad should have the same screen resolution as the iPad 2 (1024 x 768). Other specs are not known for the moment, but this alleged iPad Mini will obviously allow Apple to test the market with a direct competitor to Amazon’s new and quite popular Kindle Fire (at least 2 millions of them have been sold until now).

Author: Florin

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  • Anonymous

    I’d see how that’s more possible now that Steve is dead. As much as he was a catalyst for some of the best innovations he’s also been Apples main reason why they didn’t focus on what their competition was doing to try to beat them at their own game. Steve thought he’d bring the world his best phone or tablet on his terms. Now Apple is free to look at their competition and directly compete head to head. They’re a normal company now that their cult leader has gone. I expect larger screened phones in response to the 4.3″ screen size standard, as well as a more diverse range of tablet screen sizes to compete with the 7″ and the 10″ models. Now is the time for Apple to shine, although with a loss of their visionary at the summit of the worlds Market Cap they only have a long declining fall back to normalcy. 

  • Anonymous

    I’d see how that’s more possible now that Steve is dead. As much as he was a catalyst for some of the best innovations he’s also been Apples main reason why they didn’t focus on what their competition was doing to try to beat them at their own game. Steve thought he’d bring the world his best phone or tablet on his terms. Now Apple is free to look at their competition and directly compete head to head. They’re a normal company now that their cult leader has gone. I expect larger screened phones in response to the 4.3″ screen size standard, as well as a more diverse range of tablet screen sizes to compete with the 7″ and the 10″ models. Now is the time for Apple to shine, although with a loss of their visionary at the summit of the worlds Market Cap they only have a long declining fall back to normalcy.