The iPad Mini Is Coming This Summer, Says Samsung

The iPad Mini Is Coming This Summer, Says Samsung

Is that the iPad mini? Nope, but Samsung says it's coming.

The iPad 3 will be officially unveiled just days from now, but the rumor mill is always forward-looking, which means it’s already on its way to being yesterday’s news. What can we expect after the iPad 3? That’s what everyone wants to know now.

If a report from Apple’s best frenemy Samsung is anything to go by, it’ll be the long-rumored iPad mini.

The rather bizarre (and casually dropped) revelation comes via a Samsung Securities document, which explicitly states that Apple will release a new 7-inch device called the iPad mini to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Tab 7 and the Kindle Fire.

Following the success of its iPad 1 and iPad 2, which have together achieved sales of 55m units, Apple plans in 1Q12 to launch the iPad 3 and in 3Q12 a new 6-inch product temporarily referred to as the iPad mini.

Sounds pretty assertive, doesn’t it, especially from Samsung, a company that will likely contribute many parts to upcoming iPad models.

But there’s a lot to suggest that whoever wrote this document was just following the rumor cycle, same as us. For example, later in the same paragraph, Apple is looking to ship the iPad 3 using Sharp IGZO display panels. That’s almost definitely not going to happen, because IGZO technology isn’t yet ready for prime time, and there is no indication that Sharp can produce 65 Million IGZO displays yet. Instead, the iPad 3 is likely to use LG and Samsung displays… which presumably Samsung would know.

This is probably just another example of one of Samsung’ hands not knowing what the other is doing, so take with a grain of salt. And anyway, does anyone really want an iPad mini? Steve Jobs certainly didn’t seem to think so.

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  • Skywaytraffic

    Can I volunteer to be an editor for this site? I LOVE you guys and your stories, but you all need to step your grammar game up!!!! Damn!

  • markrlangston

    The bigger question is why is Samsung bothering to mention this at all? Do they really think Apple needs help getting the word out for one of the products? 

    Like the iPhone Nano rumors that have been circulating for years I don’t see this rumor holding any water. It just makes not fiscal sense for Apple to confuse the market by releasing a smaller version of the iPad. 

    It would make more sense to lower the price of the iPad 1 to match the price of the Kindle Fire rather than manufacture an entirely new product. 

    What I hate most is that the rumor mill goes into overdrive when we’re only 2 days away from the Apple’s keynote. Just sit back and let it happen people!! I think the vast majority of readers are more interested in the right news than who reported what first or second or who was right about a rumor. 

  • joewaylo

    I think Apple should step up their game and go for the iNote.

  • lowtolerance

    This just in: Sony announces new Xbox portable gaming system!

  • RonBlatto

    Does anyone really want an iPad Mini?  I think sells of Kindle Fires can be one indicator (key word… not definite) that there is a demand for it.  If you want further proof that further away from science, ask all my women-friend who have stated they’d prefer a tablet they can fit in their purse.

  • STRIPBLUNTS

    I’m tired of these non-sensical rumours, regurgitated by link-baiting, KNOW-nothing bloggers that can’t even take 5-minutes out of their day to fact check a story or at the very least see if any of the sources are legit!!!! Once this rumour is proved to be “FALSE”, I’m cutting-off Cult Of Mac from my website list!! This goes for any other site that is more than willing to waste their readers time with drivel & hyperbole!!! I also suggest that any readers that consider themselves “moderately” intelligent, should take the same action!! It’s time we did something about the “dumbing-down” of our society by the so-called “experts” we trust to know what they’re talking about & present us with “concrete” facts!

  • Manish Bhatia

    Yes, I would hit that. I need some thing smaller to tote around for notes and a planner alternative. A better handwriting /stylus ecognition screen would be much appreciated.

  • Gregintosh

    I doubt that Apple wants to enter the smaller than 10 inch tablet market unless they have some mind-blowing idea for it that none of us are thinking of (and probably can’t guess without any reliable hints). 

    The idea that they will just release a smaller iPad to directly compete with the 7″ tab and Kindle Fire is none sense. If anything, they will increase the size of the iPod touch to be 5″ or 6″ and keep the iPod Touch name (and keep its purpose for being the same, at which point it would take away some kindle fire sales while at the same time apple would deny its a tablet). 

  • Unis Zuurmond

    A bigger iPhone, a smaller iPad. Apple will release what WORKS, and they will test it thoroughly first. If the experience turns out so-so, we won’t see it.

    BUT, an 8-inch touch unit WILL make sense in my car’s dashboard. Could the order with Samsung be for the iDash?

  • Unis Zuurmond

    A bigger iPhone, a smaller iPad. Apple will release what WORKS, and they will test it thoroughly first. If the experience turns out so-so, we won’t see it.

    BUT, an 8-inch touch unit WILL make sense in my car’s dashboard. Could the order with Samsung be for the iDash?

  • Shane Bryson

    For the last time, THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN.

  • Mike Rathjen

    I doubt it is the last time.

  • Al

    I’ve been an apple fan for years, way before the iPhone came along. And I can tell you it’s ALWAYS been like this. This is what apple news is all about and always will be. It’s all part of the fun!

  • Al

    Yup. See you all again in 3 or 4 weeks! ;)

  • Artoo

    Yet another claim of a future tiny iPad. I will believe it only when I see it on stage in the hands of Phill Schiller, and even then, I will pinch myself to make sure it’s not a bad dream caused by eating too many unsalted peanuts.

    Now, a larger iPod touch… Even though in theory it would be the same thing, in concept it’s a little different. iPod touch is already defined as the ideal media consumption and gaming product, and making it a bit larger would just improve the viewing and play experience, and they could keep the original one at a lower price.

    That way every product line would retain it’s integrity. iPods have been changing sizes and styles all along, and the main appeal of the iPad is it’s LARGER screen.

    I actually would love to see a BIGGER iPad from Apple.

  • Alex

    I guess you don’t know where most of Apple’s screens come from ?  

  • Alex

    “KNOW-nothing bloggers that can’t even take 5-minutes out of their day to fact check a story or at the very least see if any of the sources are legit!!!!”

    When you look up John Brownlee in the dictionary that’s the definition you get ….

  • Alex

    You got my vote, anyone would be better then John Brownlee. 

  • Mike Rathjen

     They cannot increase the size of the iPod Touch by that much without either losing retina display and seeing pixels again, or increasing the resolution to something larger, say 1024×768. But that resolution is the iPad and iPad2, so you’d be way better off calling it the iPad mini or some such so that you get the right applications for the right resolution.

  • Alex Crocker

    A BIGGER iPad…are you kidding?! that’s the silliest idea I’ve heard yet! If you want a iPad with a bigger screen, just buy a MacBook or MBP, or better yet, a MacBook Air (because it’s almost as light as an iPad). Once Mountain Lion comes out this summer, MacBooks will pretty much be iPads with keyboards attached lol because of all the iOS5 features coming to the Mac in Mountain Lion! 

  • lowtolerance

    LG, mainly. Not much business being thrown Samsung’s way from Apple these days.

    I guess you’ve never heard of this thing called “humor”?

  • Obsidian71

    Wow…a few posters here need a tall glass of STFU

  • Alex


    Apple has moved orders of iPad 2 displays from LG Display to Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI) after quality issues with LG Display units caused shipping delays.”

  • lowtolerance

    And LG makes displays for just about everything else, including the iPhone 4S, MacBook Air, iMac, etc. They will also be making displays for the iPad 3.

  • darwiniandude

    Digitimes has an almost perfect record – of being entirely wrong most of the time. They are not a source I’d be quoting. 

  • darwiniandude

    Samsung blowing hot air trying to rationalise their decision to not produce a 10″ tablet until recently. 6-7″ is wrong, not going to happen.  

  • Mitch McKee

    The iPhone already IS a mini iPad. Or should I say the iPad is a huge iPhone? The point being, they created the iPad to be the middleman between phone and laptop. Creating something between those two would be useless. You wouldn’t be able to do anything with it that you couldn’t already do on one of the other two devices. If and iPad is too big, get an iPhone or iPod touch. If that’s too small, then maybe you’re too picky.

    All of that aside, Apple has perfected the art of selling FEWER devices than their competitors, but making sure that they are perfect, at least as perfect as possible with the current tech. Hell, just recently (ish) they got rid of the Macbook so quietly I didn’t even notice. Apple has always been about having a handful of great products, not a mountain of good ones.

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