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7-Inch iPad Rumored

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the sure-why-not dept.

Apple 233

Stoobalou writes "Rumours of a cut-down Apple iPad are ramping up as Taiwanese news outlet Economic Daily News names names. The often-reliable Chinese language newspaper — which correctly predicted the first coming of the iPad when everyone else on the planet was carping on about a sub-$500 netbook from the Cupertino company — has been digging about in the skips behind a number of Chinese factories and reckons it knows who will be making which bit of the much-predicted iPad 2."

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iPad (5, Funny)

odies (1869886) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278526)

I think it's great. I will have my iPhone as a mobile device, the normal big and classy iPad for coffee shops and to impress girls, and the medium size iPhone/iPad variant for things while iPhone isn't enough, but when iPad is too big. I can already think hundreds of different situations where it will fit perfectly.

I can already see how some apple-haters will come here and say "what is the purpose of this medium-sized iPhone?", but if you don't see it you're just not thinking different enough. Just continue to follow the sheep and install your Windows. At least when I see an Apple user I know he is different, intellectual person I can have a good conversation with. He is not just there to talk with me because he has malware on his computer. I am studying art currently and having the iPad makes a complete difference on how other students and professors look at me. They know I'm an artist and an intellectual person.

I can't wait to get this device on my hands.

Re:iPad (5, Funny)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278598)

At least when I see an Apple user I know he is different, intellectual person I can have a good conversation with.

Also, I understand that Windows people are despicable and wear black hats to symbolize their black hearts, whereas the good guys with Apple gear wear white hats to demonstrate their purity. (Or it's turtlenecks and the colors are reversed. I get confused.)

Re:iPad (2, Insightful)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278644)

Ah hell. I made the mistake of taking that poster seriously. Reading it again it's obvious satire. Whoosh for me.

Re:iPad (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278748)

Lucky for you, your initial reply made it seem like you were right on the same page with him. :-P I even smiled!

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278992)

I even smiled!

which is nearly impossible for those LINUX users...

Re:iPad (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279438)

many eyes make all smiles shallow.

Re:iPad (4, Funny)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278958)

Ah hell. I made the mistake of taking that poster seriously. Reading it again it's obvious satire. Whoosh for me.

I caught the satire right when he said he uses iPad to impress *girls*. A Freudian slip.

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279180)

Ah hell. I made the mistake of taking that poster seriously. Reading it again it's obvious satire. Whoosh for me.

I caught the satire right when he said he uses iPad to impress *girls*. A Freudian slip.

Should it have then said "to impress his mom"?

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279326)

No, just other iFags.

Re:iPad (2, Insightful)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279454)

The 9" impresses more than the 7"; which is, in turn, more impressive than the 3.5".

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278920)

What about all those people wearing Red Hats?

Oh, wait, sorry, not in the Appleverse.

Re:iPad (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279486)

What about all those people wearing Red Hats?

The old ladies? They don't like computers.

Re:iPad (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279162)

whereas the good guys with Apple gear wear white hats

And have dark blue handkerchiefs folded in their right rear pockets.

Re:iPad (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279324)

I understand that Windows people are despicable and wear black hats to symbolize their black hearts,

Nah. The Windows crowd is pretty much 100% converted to zombies at this point. It's those thrice damned Linux people who have taken up the black hats. We Macheads have tried to call a truce so that we can all wage World War W against the Windroids, but the Linux folken refuse, for they are filled with the evil will of their master, a fell race.

Re:iPad (1)

toastar (573882) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278600)

iPalm?

Re:iPad (3, Funny)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279190)

Apply directly to the forehead.

Re:iPad (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279234)

iPalm?

Re:iPad (-1, Troll)

frist (1441971) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278648)

At least when I see an Apple user I know he is different, intellectual person I can have a good conversation with. He is not just there to talk with me because he has malware on his computer. I am studying art currently and having the iPad makes a complete difference on how other students and professors look at me. They know I'm an artist and an intellectual person.

I can't wait to get this device on my hands.

So you're saying that without your iPad, your peers and mentors would see you as the the uncreative imbecilic lemming you truly are? Well then yes, by all means snatch up this latest techno-accessory from the Bluefly wall.

Re:iPad (0)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278650)

>but if you don't see it you're just not thinking different enough. Just continue to follow the sheep and install your Windows. At least when I see an Apple user I know he is different, intellectual person I can have a good conversation with. He is not just there to talk with me because he has malware on his computer. I am studying art currently and having the iPad makes a complete difference on how other students and professors look at me. They know I'm an artist and an intellectual person.

I'm not quite sure if you're trying to be ironic here or for real which is the scary part if its for real.

Seems to me you're just trying too hard to be different where there is not need to be different.

Re:iPad (0, Flamebait)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278828)

It's pretty obvious odies is taking the piss.

Re:iPad (3, Insightful)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278900)

Did you assassinate humor in this future you come from?

Re:iPad (0, Redundant)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278978)

With Apple fanboys, it's so hard to tell. I think this is likely a joke, but then I've heard Apple friends say stuff like that and be dead serious about it.

Re:iPad (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278696)

Dell seems to think that there's a market for the enormous cell phone / tiny tablet with their Slate. No one is required to buy all three devices... four, actually - you forgot the iPod.

Re:iPad (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278720)

and here I thought it was for the low-flow months...

Re:iPad (1)

asdfington (1877976) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278802)

"He is not just there to talk with me because he has malware on his computer." I have this problem all the time!!! Sometimes I'm in a pub chatting up a bird, only to find out that she doesn't want to canoodle, she just has malware on her computer! If satire, kudos to you; if not, lulz at you.

Re:iPad (1)

Beyond_GoodandEvil (769135) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279238)

"He is not just there to talk with me because he has malware on his computer." I have this problem all the time!!! Sometimes I'm in a pub chatting up a bird, only to find out that she doesn't want to canoodle, she just has malware on her computer! If satire, kudos to you; if not, lulz at you.
Look leisure suit larry, the proper current british slang is snog, not canoodle. and bird? Really?

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278832)

Hi soppsa. Or what should we call you this week? SquarePixel? Oh no wait, odies? What alias are you picking for your next sockpuppet to troll /.? Keep on trolling with your Google and Apple hate, MS and China apologies!

Re:iPad (0)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278836)

...iPhone isn't enough, but when iPad is too big.

Somebody's been using my iPad [dltk-teach.com] !

Re:iPad (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278918)

Or maybe people that didn't buy an iPad as they felt it was too big would be happy with a 7 inch one.

I know I would be if it had the same resolution (in dpi) as the iPhone 4.

Re:iPad (2, Informative)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278922)

God, I hope your post is being sarcastic. You talk about all the Apple products you buy, even ones that you haven't figured out a use for or that you only buy as status symbols, and then turn around and call MS people stupid sheep? Surely you can't be for real.

Re:iPad (1)

Draek (916851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279086)

"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humour, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing."

-- Nathan Poe

I've seen it. (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279130)

The big surprise is that it's round not rectangular. the current one is 7.75" x 5.81" the round one is 7.6" in diameter, which has exactly the same area. But it's round so it's more aesthetically pleasing. You can hold it from any orientation and it's the same simplifying the interface. There is a single button is in the middle on the back.

more details. (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279390)

The big surprise is that it's round not rectangular. the current one is 7.75" x 5.81" the round one is 7.6" in diameter, which has exactly the same area. But it's round so it's more aesthetically pleasing. You can hold it from any orientation and it's the same simplifying the interface. There is a single button is in the middle on the back.

I exaggerated a little. Actually, the pixels are hexagonal so there are six preferred orientations to avoid weird aliasing effects. However, the surprise is that with the new Retinal display density anti-aliasing is not a problem any more! SO unless you are in the 2% of people that can resolve the retinal display at 2 feet from your eye then, yes, for practical purposes, it can be held at any angle. The speakers use a bose wave guide technology for a deep base response despite the low volume. Additionally, the screen glass has an array of ultrasonic transducers that create a sensation to your finger tips as they touch the screen providing both haptic feedback as well as allowing it to sense how hard you are pressing the screen. The camera itself is integrated into the screen smack in the center so you can hold it up like a mirror and not get any weird off-axis ("up nose") view for the facetime video conferencing.

it's going magic.

Re:iPad (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279242)

I'm waiting for a 1" x 1" size iPod touch. Then I'm going to build a suit of armor entirely out of iPads and iPods. It will cover my entire body and project an image that will impress the girls. Maybe Hugh Jackman.

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279356)

Your a moron

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279416)

You sir, are officially lame.

Re:iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279558)

I hope this is sarcastic, otherwise you are a douche.

Re:iPad (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279576)

News for you, no artist is intellectual. Its physiologically impossible. Artists are right-brained, intellectuals are left-brained. Artists use feeling, intellectuals don't want to be bothered by it.

I think what you meant is elitist or snooty, s.a.: pretentious. That is what discerning artists are. *Their* subjectivity is clearly superior to *yours*. Artists would drive a BMW, if they could afford one, because they are snooty. But they can't, because they are artists and can;t have a real job because face it, artists like to suffer. it gives more value to their art. (van Gogh totally nailed it with the earless thing!)

Whereas an intellectuals know that subjectivity is transient, and not really anything of value or concern. However, intellectuals can afford and do drive BMWs, because they have a real job. But they do so, only because they appreciate the engineering, oh and they can afford one...

Seriously, I worked with a team of artists, and they were all very poorly paid, and barely got by. It was like making money from their art and having a comfortable existence would devalue their work. "Sell out" one called it. They needed to suffer to have their art have meaning.

(Not really flame bait, because its true according to my expereince, but I am sure this will be modded as such.)

Re:iPad (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279630)

What about a 14" version for Ron Jeremy?

Or would that be the Ron Jeremy edition?

"a Bigger iPad for the man who needs MORE!"

I'm sure I'm not the only one... (0)

MoxFulder (159829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279650)

... on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out what this wondrous new device is called.

Will it be the iPad Mini? The iPod Maxi? The iTouch Macro Pad? Or what???

7 inches is perfect for the girl slashdotters (5, Funny)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278574)

This is truly news for female nerds. 8 inches is too big and that old 5.5 inch average just isn't satisfying. I will of course be gifting one to the next geeky girl I date, so she will be thoroughly satisfied by seven inches of perfection.

Re:7 inches is perfect for the girl slashdotters (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278594)

Too bad she will still be unimpressed by the hamster-sized organ between your legs.

Re:7 inches is perfect for the girl slashdotters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278688)

If she usually goes out with Apple users, she'll probably be grateful it's that big and that you're hetero.

If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (2, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278692)

Too bad she will still be unimpressed by the hamster-sized organ between your legs.

The common hamster [wikipedia.org] can grow to a size of fourteen inches in length, three inches across, and can weigh up to a pound.

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (4, Funny)

Stele (9443) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278744)

The common hamster [wikipedia.org] can grow to a size of fourteen inches in length, three inches across, and can weigh up to a pound.

So THAT's why my wife calls "it" my big hamsta.

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (1)

Stele (9443) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278762)

BTW I expect to get thoroughly trashed for that comment.

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279148)

I thought you said "thrashed". And I thought "That's what she said."

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279232)

At least your not using a gerbil in your description.

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (1)

The Salamander (56587) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278746)

Yea, but the cat always eats them way before they get that large...

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279068)

Pussies eating hamsters. Who'd have thunk?

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (2, Informative)

bannable (1605677) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278752)

Too bad the common hamster isn't the one that we make a pet of. [wikipedia.org]

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278764)

And they enjoy a whopping 2 mm boner.

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278858)

"hamster-sized organ" != "hamster-organ-sized organ"

If you've got an organ the size of a hamster, you don't need an iPad/iPhone to pick up chicks, and they'll probably buy the drinks.

Re:If by unimpressed you mean terrified... (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279062)

Forget about hamsters. Min's a capybara!

Re:7 inches is perfect for the girl slashdotters (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279274)

Too bad she will still be unimpressed by the hamster-sized organ between your legs.

[Guy unzips his jeans]

Girl [screams]: Oh my God!

Guy: impressive, ain't it?

Girl: It's got hair!

Guy: That's because it's my hamster.

Girl: Help! Somebody get me out of here!

Guy [drooling]: I really looove my hamster...

No way Steve Jobs has 7-inches (-1, Flamebait)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278588)

If this is true, though, I predict millions of Apple fans will rush out and buy one before they even know what exactly they'll use it for or what purpose it is actually intended to serve. And anyone who questions the wisdom of this will be immediately dismissed as a "Microsoft conformist" who doesn't understand how Steve is creating a beautiful closed ecosystem that will save us all from the oppression of more open platforms.

Re:No way Steve Jobs has 7-inches (0, Flamebait)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279206)

And anyone who questions the wisdom of this will be immediately dismissed as a "Microsoft conformist" who doesn't understand how Steve is creating a beautiful closed ecosystem that will save us all from the oppression of more open platforms.

No. You're an "Apple Hater". Apparently, you have this irrational belief that Apple consumers are sheep and will buy anything that has an Apple logo on it and pay any price. You will point to the long lines of people who wait through the night and say "See, they're a bunch sheep! WTF are they doing?! It's not like Apple will have a limited run or something. Apple will pump this shit out by the millions and never stop!"

But you're a hater. Face it.

You'll point out all the years on /. where any post critical of Apple was modded down to -1 regardless of the merits of the comment. Why stating that Apple products sold for a premium without any real reason was an automatic "-1 Flamebait" with dozens of comments following explaining your error and if you did a one on one comparison of features Apple wasn't that bad. Pointing out that you had no need for half of the features would be an automatic "-1 Troll" and the obvious responses of "Well Apple isn't right for you!" that would then get modded "+5 Insightful" or "Informative"

Then feeling horribly picked on (rightfully so) you post that Apple stole their UI from Xerox.

The Apple fanbois immediately bring out their Apple branded pitchforks and put on their combat black turtlenecks (AH! Those black turtlenecks are really part of their commando uniform) and before impaling you, inform you that Apple made it workable, beautiful and Holy! Infidel!

Just say'in. Yeah, don't let the high UID fool you folks. I've been around longer than I appear.

Re:No way Steve Jobs has 7-inches (2, Insightful)

1310nm (687270) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279300)

I love Apple's mobile products, I just don't see the point in buying their laptop/desktop machines unless you are an artist. Even then, it's becoming a bit of a stretch of the word "necessary" to have an OS X machine. Their Windows counterparts are just incredibly cheaper and more compatible with devices and other computers around them, usually. 7 is a very good OS, IMO.

Interesting (2, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278604)

It will be interesting to see if being smaller will fix some of the problems people have with holding the current model...I also am curious to see how battery life will be affected by this.

Not to mention pricing.

Re:Interesting (2, Funny)

Godskitchen (1017786) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278710)

Maybe they'll try to charge more for it than the standard iPad claiming that it's lighter and more compact. Coming soon: iPad Air

Re:Interesting (0, Flamebait)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278740)

I'd laugh...except the chances of this eventually being true are quite high -_-;;

Re:Interesting (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278810)

Yeah, except they aren't. Based on what history do you claim that this is a "high" chance? Name a single product where they have released a smaller size version that was more expensive than the full size? Oh wait, you can't. Hurp durp!

Re:Interesting (2, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278892)

Calm down, nutter...I was just kidding.

Sheesh. You serious people, with your seriousness...you're so busy seriousizing everyone, you never stop to think about how you're seriousizing yourself.

I'm being totally serious.

Re:Interesting (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278902)

The MacBook Air, hence him using the designation iPad Air for his joke. The Air has a base starting price of about what I payed for my enhanced (memory and hard disk) MacBook Pro 13", and it has a smaller screen and no built-in optical drive. Basically, another "what's the point?" product like a mini iPad that also seems to fill a niche people only think existed after the product was "rumored" to exist.

Re:Interesting (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279134)

The Air has a base starting price of about what I payed for my enhanced (memory and hard disk) MacBook Pro 13", and it has a smaller screen and no built-in optical drive.

Bullshit. The Air has a 13.3" screen.

Air [apple.com] : 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors.

The Air isn't a "smaller" model comparable to say an iPod to an iPod Nano or say this 7" iPad to a full-size iPad.

Re:Interesting (1)

KarrdeSW (996917) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279076)

Yeah, except they aren't. Based on what history do you claim that this is a "high" chance? Name a single product where they have released a smaller size version that was more expensive than the full size? Oh wait, you can't. Hurp durp!

Power Mac G4 Cube [wikipedia.org]

Re:Interesting (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278890)

It will be interesting to see ... Not to mention pricing.

I'm sure the price won't be much higher than the original iPad. Yes, higher. All that iPad functionality in a smaller, more portable form factor? We'll pay for that miniaturization technology. ;-)

Re:Interesting (0, Flamebait)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279100)

We'll pay for that miniaturization technology. ;-)

      Apple users will pay for anything, so long as they can get another little white Apple sticker.

Re:Interesting (5, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279184)

Apple users will pay for anything, so long as they can get another little white Apple sticker.

My then-fiance now-wife bought an Apple sticker about a year ago and put it on her Thinkpad.

Me: "Why did you do that?"
Brittnie: "Because now I get all the pretentiousness without being a broke asshole."
Me: ::facepalm::

Re:Interesting (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279660)

Meh. I would rather have a touchbook convertible tablet/netbook from Always Innovating. To bad they could have called the company Always Innovating - but you will never notice because all our shipments are at least 6 months late.

http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/touchbook/

April 1 already? (5, Funny)

jaroslav (467876) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278624)

In other news, I just pre-ordered my iPad Nano.

Fool (1, Funny)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278662)

It's obviously going to be called the iPod Maxi.

"Often reliable" (5, Insightful)

remove office (871398) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278676)

The often-reliable Chinese language newspaper -- which correctly predicted the first coming of the iPad when everyone else on the planet was carping on about a sub-$500 netbook from the Cupertino company

Oh please. This is the same "often-reliable" newspaper that predicted that Apple was going to release an iPhone nano earlier this year [appleinsider.com] .

Also, the idea that anybody expected Apple to release a "sub-$500 netboook" is sheer lunacy. Nobody seriously expected that-- the iPad was widely anticipated by just about everyone for months before it was released.

Re:"Often reliable" (3, Insightful)

RingDev (879105) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279208)

Also, the idea that anybody expected Apple to release a "sub-$500 netboook" is sheer lunacy. Nobody seriously expected that-- the iPad was widely anticipated by just about everyone for months before it was released.

The entire concept of a "sub-$500 netbook" market is sheer lunacy. I can get a Core-2 duo 2.3ghz 15" laptop for just under $400 (it's in this month's special from NewEgg.com). Why the hell would anyone pay $500 for a netbook when they can get a way more powerful note book for $400?

If I'm going to buy a netbook, we better be talking about the sub-$200 market.

-Rick

iStenographer's Pad (1)

NotOverHere (1526201) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278712)

I would maybe buy it as long as it's Gregg ruled.

Why 7 inches? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278756)

My wife keeps telling me "size doesn't matter!"

Re:Why 7 inches? (1)

medcalf (68293) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278948)

I'm so sorry for you.

Re:Why 7 inches? (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279034)

My wife keeps telling me "size doesn't matter!"

Your wife lies!

Re:Why 7 inches? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279142)

Length doesn't matter, unless your dick is like four inches long or less. Girth does matter though.

bullshit (2, Insightful)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278760)

Lessie - Apple only updates SKUs once and year - and is having trouble building the current model fast enough. OMG THERE'S ANOTHER ONE COMING TOMORROW!

Fuck you Slashdot.

Re:bullshit (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279170)

Hey retard. SKU means "Stock Keeping Unit". It doesn't mean product, it's the name of a fucking serial number!

I'm hopeful (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278780)

The current iPad is a bit too big to use for my planned "in-dash" computer, however a 7 inch iPad would fit the bill perfectly for my car. Built in iPod, plenty of decent navigation software and hopefully there is a 3G version (pandora internet radio, in dash anyone?).

I think I like it... (4, Interesting)

rwven (663186) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278820)

Obvious jokes aside, I think I'd trade in my 9.7" for the 7" if it became an option. The higher density of the screen with the same specs and a smaller footprint just sounds like win to me. Seeing as I mainly use the iPad for reading, it looks like this could be the perfect size for an e-reader.

It really all depends on how much they want to drop the price, if at all. I certainly wouldn't pay the same amount all over again when I've got a perfectly acceptable, not quite as small device already.

Re:I think I like it... (1)

Kepesk (1093871) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279312)

I agree. I would be much more apt to use the 7" device rather than the current model. But I still can't see myself using it enough to warrant the expense.

Wallet sized (1)

grimJester (890090) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279572)

A 7-inch 16:9 screen could fit in a 3,5" wide device, making it fit in a pocket rather than needing a bag. Not that I'd buy one regardless, but it would distinguish "pads" from netbooks in the way you carry them around. It might be a more convenient e-reader/web browser format. I think I could imagine buying one that connects to the net through my phone and/or wifi, but I wouldn't want to use it as a phone with a separate phone number or have to switch sim cards etc. Locked into monthly fees is right out - I can't imagine any bundled services that would make it feel like a good deal.

Many claim to have a 7-inch iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278838)

When in reality most iPads are only 5.5 inches.

Size is not the factor, weight is (3, Interesting)

rsborg (111459) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278868)

I know the iPad is nice and shiny and oh so good looking, but honestly, a Kindle causes less strain on the eyes and much easier to hold and is now, much cheaper. Perhaps this 7" will remove the arm-strain issues, while still delivering good battery life and sweet color screen that's not so small as to cause eye strain (reading the iPod touch in bed is not conducive to sleep, whereas I have no problems with the iPad).

Re:Size is not the factor, weight is (0)

david_thornley (598059) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279528)

Except that the Kindle and iPad are different sorts of things. You can read books on both of them, and the Kindle's likely a better choice for that, but the iPad will do a lot more things.

New iPad rumored (2, Funny)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278882)

The rumor is a bit misleading. Actually the new device is the iPhone 5, basically a new iPhone 4 equipped with a 2 inches bumper.

Re:New iPad rumored (2, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279200)

The rumor is a bit misleading. Actually the new device is the iPhone 5, basically a new iPhone 4 equipped with a 2 inch[es] bumper.

That's no bumper. That's the antenna. Steve hates bad publicity. Never again will the iPhone be castigated for poor antenna performance. In fact, Apple engineers are working on accessory antennas [space.com] for those difficult areas in SF and NYC as we speak (early prototype seen in a bar in Puerto Rico).

The only way I could see this (0)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278930)

The only way I could see this is if it had a retina display.
(pun not intended.)

Cut down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278986)

A 'cut down' iPad?

The iPad only does one thing at a time - presumably the 'cut down' version will do zero things at a time.

But it will look nice.

Small iPad? (1)

drej (1663541) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279096)

Who cares about a small iPad? I want a big iPhone, damnit.

Re:Small iPad? (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279298)

No no no. You have to have both!

Second chance (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279230)

Maybe this is Apple's way of giving us, the techy crowd, another opportunity to predict how well the iPad is going to sell. I, for one, am going to seize this opportunity:

The 7" iPad is going to flop! You can do everything a 7" iPad can do on a smartphone. Or you could get a netbook and actually have a REAL keyboard, plus it would do everything the 7" iPad does and MORE for $300 less! The 7" iPad won't even have flash, so you won't be able to view 85% of the media on the internet. No camera, no usb ports, walled garden? They aren't going to sell 100 of these. In fact, everyone who actually wants one of these is a wanker!

I think I nailed it this time.

I'd buy one. (1)

Triv (181010) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279262)

a 7" portable media viewer would have screen dimensions of 5.6" x 4.2". That's slightly smaller than a Kindle but with a larger screen - just the right size for a jeans pocket but easier to read than an iPod touch and not as showy / cumbersome as an iPad.

Sounds perfect to me. Sign me up.

Another revolution! (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279290)

This will revolutionize the way we use iPads!!!!

Is that man-inches or ruler-inches? (1)

Ngarrang (1023425) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279348)

Because what some guys claim to be 7 inches long...

You know, for kids (2, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279612)

The only way I can see a 7" iPad making sense is if it has the same resolution, and is more ruggedized - perfect for giving to kids.

Otherwise it adds too much confusion to the lineup, something Apple doesn't like to do.

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