Apple releasing 7-inch iPad at $200-$250 pricepoint this Fall?

Apple may lock out Amazon's Kindle Fire with a smaller, cheaper iPad model

Apple may be releasing a 7-inch iPad model this October, according to Apple news site iMore. The smaller unit would go toe-to-toe with Amazon's Kindle Fire at a rumored pricepoint of $200 to $250. With sales of the Kindle Fire slowing down, the move looks less like Apple fearing the smaller form-factor and more like the company locking out any competition whatsoever.

The 7-inch unit is rumored to include the same 2048x1536 resolution Retina display on the current iPad, but with only 8 GB of storage to keep the price down. The resolution would ensure that apps written for the current iPad would still work on the smaller unit. Business Insider notes that iMore author Rene Ritchie "has had a great record with Apple rumors so far."

If you haven't already gotten an iPad, would you make the jump for a smaller, cheaper unit?

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
There is obviously a massive market here waiting for such a product. The current iPhone has too small a screen for many users (see the success of the Samsung Note) whilst the iPad is too clumsy and big to be truly portable.
Anyone who has used a Kindle Fire will know how nicely its size works.
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Ben Furneaux Principal Designer 5 years ago
Interestingly, I see the reverse. I'd describe the gargantuan Galaxy Note as 'clumsy' and the 7" devices (such as the Kindle Fire) as 'too small'.
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M.H. Williams Staff Writer, USgamer5 years ago
As a Fire user, I'll agree with Bruce. The iPad is a a bit too big for me to carry everywhere, so I'm psyched for the idea of a mini version. In the 10 inch range, I'm leaning towards a Win 8 tablet/netbook hybrid for work. We'll see how that pans out.
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Robert Programmers 5 years ago
Sounds perfect as a touch pad
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 5 years ago
As long as an iCade comes out to fit it I'm sold.
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