In a recent article, The New York Times has gone all-out and has practically confirmed that Apple is currently developing a 7.85-inch tablet (the “iPad mini”), which the Cupertino, CA company will launch in fall, potentially alongside its sixth-generation iPhone handset. According to the report, Apple’s small-size iPad is expected to sell for significantly less than its $499-iPad.
As the report notes:
The company is developing a new tablet with a 7.85-inch screen that is likely to sell for significantly less than the latest $499 iPad, with its 9.7-inch display, according to several people with knowledge of the project who declined to be named discussing confidential plans. The product is expected to be announced this year.
Indeed, the one area Google had the potential to best Apple would have been with its seven-inch Nexus 7, which retails for just $199 (more than half the price of Apple’s standard iPad). However, if The New York Times’ report is indeed accurate, it looks like Apple is planning on placing a similar, competing tablet computer into the market before too many folks grab a Nexus 7.
If any more news hits the Web, we’ll let you know.