Apple 'preparing' to launch smaller tablet

Jul 05, 2012
A mother and daughter play with an Apple iPad at an Apple store in Shanghai on July 2. 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.

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.

The newspaper cited one source as saying that Apple was working with screen-makers LG Display of South Korea and Taiwan's .

Apple has dominated the market for tablet computers since the release of the but faces increasing competition as Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft and Google roll out competing devices.

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Nattydread
Jul 05, 2012
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nayTall
not rated yet Jul 05, 2012
apple are "slavishly copying" samsung and google!

if this was a universe where the iPhone looked identical to what samsung put out mere months before, and apple was a company that would shrink the iPad and make it look radically different than the original iPad, then this joke would be pretty funny!
dirk_bruere
not rated yet Jul 05, 2012
Looks like Apple are worried, and this is a spoiler tactic - "Don't buy Google and Samsung because we have something Real Good coming soon!"
packrat
1 / 5 (1) Jul 06, 2012
There's a good source of alt energy... hook a gen to Job's cadaver.... it's probably spinning in his grave at a high rate of speed about now.
nxtr
not rated yet Jul 07, 2012
as this comment board fills with dreck and tripe, I find myself marveling at why former comments I have made that attempted to contribute constructively to a thought flow were removed with harsh criticism from the editors.