Apple is testing a tablet computer with a smaller screen than the hot-selling iPad, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.The newspaper, quoting unidentified people familiar with the situation, said the California gadget-maker was working with component suppliers in Asia to test the tablet computer with a smaller display.The Journal quoted officials at Apple suppliers as saying the company has shown them screen designs for a device with an eight-inch (20.3-centimeter) display.
Well, now that settles it. The Wall Street Journal this morning jumped into the Apple iPad Mini rumor-mongering game, asserting that component suppliers in Asia are getting ready "for mass production" in September of a tablet computer with a screen of less than 8 inches, smaller than the current 9.7-inch screen. [...]
Apple is preparing to launch a smaller tablet computer in the coming months in a bid to maintain its edge in an increasingly crowded market, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that component parts manufacturers had been ordered to gear up for mass production of the tablets in September, indicating the launch may be drawing near.It said the new tablet's screen would likely be smaller than eight inches (20 centimeters), compared to the 9.7-inch (25-centimeter) screen on Apple's market-leading iPad, launched in 2010.
Let's start this review of the newest iPad, the iPad Air, by pointing out something obvious: The iPad is not the iPhone. Because they're both revolutionary devices that changed their product categories, people tend to think of them as equal. They're not. Not for Apple, and not for users.