Is Apple Planning to Shrink the iPad?

Paul Lilly

The cynical side in us wants to point out that a smaller-sized iPad would be called an iPod touch or an iPhone, if for no other reason than to be the first to say so before the reader comments point this out. But according to DigiTimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple really is mulling shrinking the iPad .

According to Kuo, a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad is being readied for launch in the first quarter of 2011. Kuo, who believes he has this on good authority from upstream component makers, says the smaller tablet will cost less than $400. But what would be the point?

Apple apparently wants to target individuals who place a higher importance on mobility than they do with text input. And we suppose this would be one way Apple could prevent from having to lower the price of the original iPads once the competition starts rolling out tablets of their own.

So what do you think, will we see a smaller iPad next year? Is there even a market for such a thing?

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