Despite not having a very good track record, almost all reports by Digitimes make their way into mainstream technology blogs, however speculative they may be. Here’s the latest rumor by Digitimes – Apple is working on 7.85 inch iPads, which it will launch before the fourth quarter of 2012.
This isn’t the iPad 3, which is supposed to be launched in the first quarter of 2012, and is under production already.
Apparently, Apple is launching these smaller 7.85 inch iPads to compete with the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which is now the second most popular tablet after the iPad 2.
Apple is purchasing display panels from LG Display, as well as AU Optronics. Its supply partners are expected to start production after the second quarter of 2012.
Despite what all these rumors suggest, I find it hard to believe that Apple will indulge in any kind of price wars with Android tablet makers, especially when it is hardly able to meet the global demand for the iPad. It is already selling as many iPads as it can, and no other tablet has come even come close to challenging its dominance in the tablet space, not even the much hyped Kindle Fire, which is being slammed by reviewers.
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