Move over again Amazon, B&N, Microsoft and Google, it appears that Apple will launch a 7.85-inch iPad this year to compete with the Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet, Surface tablets, and Nexus 7 tablets. The report, which has been rumored for some time now, comes more recently from Bloomberg, who states that
“Apple plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end, two people with knowledge of the plans said, to help maintain dominance of the tablet market as Google and Microsoft prepare competing handheld devices.” Stating also that, “The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March. And that “The new device will probably have a price closer to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, both of which have 7-inch screens and cost $199.”
If this is true, Apple is really in the tablet market to dominate. This would place tremendous pressure on Google, who is readying the Nexus 7 for launch, and Microsoft, who just recently introduced the Surface tablets. If Apple’s smaller tablet is in the same price range, it’ll be hard to bet against them, but you never know.
What are your thoughts?