We’ve heard many rumors about the alleged iPad Mini, which, according to rumors, is a 7.85-inch version of Apple’s popular iPad. We don’t know if that tablet will ever see the light of day, but it is in testing, if John Gruber of Daring Fireball is to be believed.
In an episode of “The Talk Show” on tech-based podcast 5by5, well known Apple insider Gruber said that Apple has an already manufactured test version of a 7.85-inch tablet, with a resolution of 1024 by 768, that’s currently undergoing evaluation in Apple’s lab.
The 7.85-inch size may seem oddly specific, but that’s the size that’s required to get a 1024 by 768 display, which is needed to run Apple’s apps at the right proportions and the proper resolution. With a tablet that size, apps would not need to be redesigned to work.
“I’ve heard from numerous people that that’s one of the ideas that they’re noodling with,” he said. “There are a couple areas where I think text is maybe a little too small, but it’s not ridiculously small.”
Gruber has heard absolutely no word on whether the smaller tablet might make it to the market, and if so, when that might happen, but he believes that it could be a project that Apple has on hand just in case the Kindle Fire threatens the Cupertino-based company’s market with low-end tablets.
Of course, many Apple prototypes never see the light of day, so there’s a good chance that the 7.85-inch tablet will be scrapped all together. There’s an equally good chance that Apple might decide to run with the smaller tablet, and if so, it won’t be long before we’re hearing more about the mini iPad.
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