Apple To Release iPad 3 Mini With 7.1-inch Screen

More rumours have emerged over a possible mini version of the iPad 3, one which may come with a 7.1-inch screen according to Devindra Hardawar from Venturebeat.

Hardawar, who had also claimed that the iPad 3 would be called the iPad HD, didn't name the source which he described as being reliable.

While the big iPad 3 or HD would feature a 2,048 by 1,536 pixels screen, the smaller model would have a 7.1-inch screen, rather than a 7.85-inch one as suggested by Digitimes.

Like us, Hardawar reckons that a 7.85-inch screen is too close to a 9.7-inch model to make a difference whereas a 7.1-inch model is close enough to 7-inch to make an impression and not cannibalise sales from its bigger brother.

The source did not mention how much that smaller iPad would cost and whether it would be sold as an iPad 2 or an iPad 3. No details as well as to when we might expect to see such a device.

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