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Source claims $200-250 7-inch iPad in October

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Thu May 10, 2012

Low cost would be matched with low storage

Apple is aiming for an October release date for its frequently-rumored 7-inch iPad, an iMore source says. More specifically, though, the person says that the tablet will be virtually identical to the current 9.7-inch iPad, including even a 2048x1536 display. That would give it the same 326ppi pixel density as the iPhone 4S, and more than the current iPad's 264ppi. Pricing is expected to be just $200-250, despite regular iPads starting at $499.

The explanation is that Apple will allegedly cut back on storage, equipping the $200 model with only 8GB. The iPod touch is expected to remain on the market, but if so it's unknown how Apple will handle pricing, since an 8GB Touch is already $199. Apple could conceivably bump up the minimum storage on a Touch to at least 16GB, if not 32GB.

An October ship date would likely see a 7-inch iPad arrive alongside a new iPhone. While Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously argued against 7-inch tablets, the company may no longer have much choice, given competition from Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble's similarly-priced Nook Tablet.

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  1. Bobfozz

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2008


    But are those others really competition?

    How many of these sources, when they are "wrong," as most of them are, are ever outed by any Mac site indicating they have no credibility only a desire for 15 mins. of publicity?

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999



    They forgot Apple's profit margin.

  1. BigMac2

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    Joined: Dec 2000


    Digitimes rumormill

    Oh please, stop bringing back this non-sense rumor that being started by Digitimes 2 years ago.
    Here is some point why this rumors is bogus.

    1) New iOS devices in testing phase should be already referenced into iTunes and iOS API like it was for past iPhone and the iPad model.

    2) Apple already has price tag for iPod shuffle (under $100), iPod Nano (under $200) and iPod touch (under $300), it gives very little place for a new product between the still sold iPad 2 (under $400) and the iPod Touch.

    3) It will fragment the platform further by adding a third form factor for Apps to support, causing issue with existing apps who has never intend to be used on a smaller screen.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Bah - it probably just the noise

    the supply chain of the iPhone 5 is beginning to make.

  1. SierraDragon

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2004


    It will happen

    There is huge market for midsize 4"-9" iDevices that is not yet served by Apple. Apple _will_ serve that space, but "when" is just speculation.

    The argument about "third form factor" being a major impediment is specious, totally manageable to gain access to such a large important forward market space.

  1. BigMac2

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Dec 2000


    Where Google s**** up

    Dividing a platform into many form factor hurts their whole ecosystem they try to establish, I agree it can be manageable but we are still a square one where the market is just born and they are still at teaching consumer why they need a tablet. Apple first task before bringing the iPad to market was to define what it is and what it do, and it's what people now recognize has a tablet. The only reason why the competition getting so many screen size and ratio is because no one could beat Apple pricing on his 10in ground.

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