Ever since the first launch in April of 2010, Apple’s iPad has been wildly popular with demand quite often outpacing the supply chain. Even the latest model, the new iPad, proved to be no different. Pre-orders sold out online in a matter of hours and what stock was sent tEver since the first launch in April of 2010, Apple’s iPad has been wildly popular with demand quite often outpacing the supply chain. Even the latest model, the new iPad, proved to be no different.o brick and mortar locations quickly sold out after 8 AM that morning.
In a world where laptops are more powerful, cheap and portable than ever before, less functional yet relatively expensive tablets have forced many to question what their true purpose is in day to day life. Many, such as myself, have since found a perfect spot in their lives for a tablet and find it somewhat hard to cope without one. People like Evan, on the other hand have not.
Not matter how you look at it, though, tablets are in. Whether they’re here to stay or just a passing phase, they’re selling like hotcakes (for Apple, at least) and everyone wants a piece of that pie.
Nonetheless, rumors of a larger iPhone and smaller iPad continue to roll through the rumor mill. This time around,Daring Fireball’s John Gruber claims there is a 7.85-inch iPad prototype in Apple’s labs. Word is it sports the same 1024 by 768 pixel resolution that the original iPad and iPad 2 feature, putting the display at 163 pixels per inch.
Other details are pretty scarce, but it would be pretty safe to assume that Apple would shoot for similar battery life, offer the same storage capacities, use the same processors and maintain most – if not all – of the features found in the new iPad in a smaller model. But it’s safe to keep in mind that this is a prototype and, other than the fact that the Kindle Fire proves a 7-inch tablet isn’t necessarily DOA, Apple may have no reason or desire to launch it. It certainly wouldn’t be the first product in Apple’s labs to never see the light of day.
Still, let’s assume the 7.85-inch iPad is real and will launch … eventually. Who out there would be interested in a smaller iPad model?