Rumors of a smaller iPad just won’t die. After months and months of speculation followed by debunking, the idea that Apple release a 7-8-inch iPad still persists.
Well-informed and long-time Apple pundit John Gruber recently dished on the possibility of a 7.85-inch iPad being testing in Apple’s super secret Cupertino labs.
Gruber revealed some knowledge of a smaller iPad prototype during his podcast with Dan Benjamin on the 5by5 network, The Talk Show. Episode 86 features a conversation in which Gruber reveals that Apple is “noodling with” a 7.85-inch iPad with a 1024×768 resolution. Gruber said he learned from numerous sources that “they [Apple] have one in the lab.” He described it as being “just like the 9.7-inch iPad shrunk down a little bit.” He drew the conclusion that “the apps wouldn’t need to be redesigned or recompiled to work on it.” Gruber has proven to have accurate knowledge of Apple’s future products over the years.
Gruber added that he has no knowledge of whether such a product will ever see the light of day (stating he “wouldn’t be surprised if it never ships”), but it can definitely be assumed that Apple is tinkering with the idea. The possibility of the tablet shipping right after WWDC this summer was suggested on The Talk Show.
Overseas supply chain rumors have said that Apple is manufacturing a 7-inch iPad, with some adding that such a device will be released later this year. Publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have also said that Apple is working on a smaller tablet.
[via The TechBlock]