With a number of interesting Android tablets set for release this summer, Apple plans to launch a smaller version of its iPad in the fourth quarter of the year, in addition to a new smartphone. The new iPad allegedly has a 7.85-inch screen, instead of 9.7-inch. It's rumoured that the resolution of the new device will also be 2048 x 1536 pixels, increasing the pixel density even further compared to the current iPad's 264 ppi. It's also possible that the smaller screen will instead feature a lower resolution, however.
The change in size will be the only major difference between the two models, meaning the smaller iPad will also feature the A5X processor and quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU. Because the smaller tablet is aimed at a lower price segment, an 8 GB version of the device will be launched, next to a possible 16 GB version and perhaps even a 32 GB edition.
Apple's smaller iPad will launch around October and is likely to cost between $200 and $250 for the 8 GB version. UK prices have not yet been released.
A concept render of the smaller iPad