As observed by The Tech Block and The Next Web, throughout his Speak Show podcast with Dan Benjamin, DaringFireball’s John Gruber offered up some added affirmation of the presence of a 7.85″ apple ipad. Gruber reports that he has been told by “numerous” people that this size apple ipad is one thing Apple company has been “noodling with”.
While asked by Benjamin if perhaps he thought a 7.85″ apple ipad could actually be launched, Gruber answered :
“Well, I don’t know. What I do know is that they have one in the lab..a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024*768… it’s just like the 9.7″ apple ipad reduced down a little bit. Applications would not need to be recompiled or redesigned to function perfectly on it. It’s just the iPad smaller in size.
Gruber has offered precise details previously as well as appears to have many contacts with Apple. Gruber does explain that Apple company has many model products that never make it to community, and reminds us that Jobs once declared that he’s was as very proud of the products that The apple company hasn’t done as the ones they have.
It has been obvious to people that a 7.85″ apple ipad has been in late prototyping phases. Claims have been from the Chinese supply chain related to this kind of product for months. This indicates that Apple isn’t just toying surrounding the the form aspect in their laboratories in Cupertino, but is as well cooperating with supplies on potential production. Just as Gruber stated, this still isn’t a symptom that Apple will necessarily release such a product.
The reason why a 7.85″ screen may make sense for a new iPad has been outlined in the past, and we have a paper mockup that can be printed out to compare its size to a 9.7″ iPad.