Breaking news today regarding the rumored “Mini iPad.” According to BGR, an unnamed source from Samsung indicates that the smaller iPad will be released later in the year, based on Apple’s recent ordering of parts from the components manufacturer. Zach Epstein reports: “While speaking with The Korea Times, the anonymous Samsung official said that Apple will likely spend a record $11 billion on Samsung-sourced parts for its various devices in 2012. ‘The amount of the current contract is around $9.7 billion,’ The Korea Times was told.”
Samsung is the current supplier of the new Retina displays for the iPad 3, and is rumored to be producing the display for the sub-9.7 inch Mini iPad, which will most likely feature a 7.85-inch screen. These screen dimensions would put the Mini iPad in the midst of lower-priced tablets, such as the Kindle and Nook, though the Samsung source gave no indication as to a comparative price point for the new Mini iPad.
It is well-known that Steve Jobs was on record as panning the notion of small-screened tablets, arguing that the smaller screen would blur the lines between tablet and smartphone so as to make it difficult to sell both to prospective users. Thus, a 7.85 inch Mini iPad would be a dramatic reversal for Cupertino’s design team in the wake of Jobs’ death.
By Michael Nace