If you think Apple will just let the recent unveiling of Microsoft’s Surface Tablet and Google’s Nexus 7 go unanswered, you’re wrong because the Cupertino-based company is reportedly prepping to release a smaller version of their famed iPad this holiday season.
According to news agency Bloomberg, the newest iPad which Apple named the iPad Mini would sport a screen measuring between seven and eight inches – down from the standard 9.7-inch screen featured on all three generations of Apple’s existing tablet. There’s a little thing to be disappointed though as the screen of the Mini will not feature a retina display (sigh) unlike the most recent iPad which was introduced in March.
Bloomberg cites two unnamed sources in its Tuesday report, revealing that the smaller iPad could be announced as early as October. If this comes into fruition, Apple could face a stiff competition from Google’s Nexus 7, which will run on Android Jelly Bean, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and Microsoft’s Surface, which the company foresees will help kick-start its next generation operating system, the Windows 8.
However, an analyst told Bloomberg, a smaller iPad launched in time for the holidays would be a punch to the gut for the aforementioned companies.
“It would be the competitors’ worst nightmare,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. “The ball is in Apple’s court.”
We’re still not sure if the latest reports of an iPad Mini will come into realization. Nevertheless it’s something worth waiting for.