Apple has not given up plans to introduce to the market a smaller iPad, in order to challenge the low-end Android tablets. Not that the Cupertino based company would see a rival really threatening its supremacy on the tablet market, but with the cutthroat competition in this field - every gained customer counts.
Sources from the Asian component supply chain, have been quoted by the well informed Taiwanese website DigiTimes and suggest that Apple is looking to develop a "slim bezel display" for smaller iPads.
The rumoured iPad mini is probably going to have a similar size to the popular Amazon Kindle Fire, which managed to win a good chunk of the market share by pushing aside other tablet makers.
"Although the 7.85-inch iPads may not adopt Retina displays as in the recently released new iPads, the 7.85-inch model is likely to use IPS/FFS panels from LG Display and probably AU Optronics (AUO)," says the DigiTimes report.
In order to get ahead, Apple needs to come up with a more seductive price tag for a pocket size tablet, which is able to offer more portability. Analysts believe that Apple should make a statement and deliver the mini iPad at a $299/£191 or $249/£159 price.