DigiTimes reports in a short statement that Apple may be planning a release of a smaller version of the iPad. This can possibly come in the first quarter of 2011, bringing to market a sub-$400 device around 5-7 inches in screen size.
Apple is reportedly scheduling a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad that is expected to launch as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo.
Kuo, citing talks with upstream component sources, said Apple’s smaller-size iPad will be priced below US$400 and will target the highly-portable mobile device market and consumers that focus mainly on reading and do not have a high demand for text input.
Rumors and reports have been around for a while; one analyst even stated that there was a prototype of a 6-inch model floating around in August 2009. In addition, reports say that Apple may be to blame for the shortage of 7-inch displays in the market right now.
While not likely to happen anytime soon since the iPad is already out, it is wise to be cognizant of it and see if something of this description shows up anytime in the future.