Rumours about iPad 3 that is going to be launched on Wednesday March 7 in a special launch event by Apple are gradually disappearing and seems like rumor mills have found another victim to quench their thirst of speculation. This time a rumored 7-inch iPad has become the center of attention and we can expect rumors and leaked news about it for the next few months.
The concept was first purported by DigiTimes soon after the first iPad was released in April 2010, and they kept reviving it time and again suggesting a launch in the first quarter of 2011 and then again changing the date to 2012 both of which never came true. This time again they have reported that Apple would actually launch the small sized slate in the third quarter.
The source of this speculative launch date is a leaked document from Samsung‘s investment Bank provided by an anonymous insider which is dated back in December 2011. The official document confirms that Apple is considering a smaller version of the iPad to be launched commercially in Q3-2012. The document discusses the state of flexible AMOLED screens in the industry where research analyst JungHoon Chang predicted that the fruit company will launch a 10-inch, high resolution tablet in first quarter and said “a new 7-inch product temporarily referred to as the iPad mini” will be launched in the third quarter of the year.
Other sources report that Apple CEO Tim Cook has already met Samsung executives regarding the sale of flexible high resolution LCD’s to the company but it passed on the idea of using such displays in its upcoming iPad 3 tablet due to concerns over production capability and display quality.
A month ago, Technology Business researcher and analyst, Ezra Gottheil, also published an article stating that a mini tablet has “always been in the plan” and then later Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is already testing prototypes of such a device with its supply chain manufacturers.
The reason we [won’t] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit that price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.