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The much-rumored 7" iPad (AAPL) will be manufactured by Foxconn (HNHAF.PK) and launch in August,...

The much-rumored 7" iPad (AAPL) will be manufactured by Foxconn (HNHAF.PK) and launch in August, claim Digitimes' sources. The occasionally-accurate site also reports the next iPhone will launch in September, and a new 10" iPad will arrive in Q4 - the latter assertion is eyebrow-raising, given Apple's history of Q1 iPad launches.
Comments (23)
  • I will probably buy one.
    9 May 2012, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • I'll believe it when I see it.
    9 May 2012, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • And my broken watch gives me the right hour twice a day......
    9 May 2012, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • I doubt that Apple will introduce things one month apart; Aug & Sept.

     

    I wonder if a new 7 to 8 inch size could be positioned as an addition to the iPod Touch line.

     

    Go AAPL!
    9 May 2012, 10:13 AM Reply Like
  • I believe neither of these rumors. I think the rumor of a smaller ipad is completely made up and would be a useless device.
    9 May 2012, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • we do not need a 7 inch i pad .dumb idea
    9 May 2012, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • If you can't trust digitimes, who can you trust?
    9 May 2012, 10:31 AM Reply Like
  • Could the 7" iPad have something to do with Apple TV? Or just a compact version for those on the go where an iPhone UI is too small and an iPad is too big? Splitting hairs here from a product line-up. But who knows? Apple does. I'll leave it to Apple and ignore the pundits. Pundits just generate pessimism or happy talk. Chatter from the sidelines. Seeing is believing.
    9 May 2012, 11:33 AM Reply Like
  • Thank you...I'm with you...Apple knows best!
    9 May 2012, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • Market share, market share. What is wrong with a smaller ipad to be offered at a lower price to compete with the Kindle? It is possible..... and while it may not "make sense" as why it is necessary, how many people stare at a Kindle and theink an Ipad is too much money.

     

    It is just business and I think it makes perfect sense. It is like offering the shuffle when you think- why not get a Nano.
    9 May 2012, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • Don't think it will be a great product. Kindle demand is falling off. The Ipad is already easy to see and easy to carry. Battery life is not an issue. I'll stick with my ipad.
    9 May 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • If they do make them I will probably buy 4-6 to use as remotes for my whole house sound system replacing some of the in-wall Niles keypads. (obviously depending on software)
    9 May 2012, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • A larger screen, data only, "iPhone" or a smaller, thus more portable, "iPad": either way I'd be intrigued as compared to my iPad the phone is teeny, but the phone carries well on the street and my pad does not (sans some sort of bag). The speculated size, form factor would make it pocketable for most of my parkas at least.
    9 May 2012, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • iPod numbers were down significantly last quarter. While I understand it was not the "holiday quarter", it definitely is in a need for form refresh, and this is what it could be with a "larger screen iPod touch". My kids all of them have their own iPod touch but thats not what they really care for anymore, they prefer their own iPads. A mini iPad could get the younger generation excited about their own at a lower price point (say 299). What do you think
    9 May 2012, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • I don't use Apple products. My children use Mac laptop and iPhone, and Kindle. I could never understand people keep looking forward to rumoured new products from Apple, and to some extent Android manufacturers. Have we become such a consuming zombie and enslaved to electronic gadgets?

     

    I use MS laptop and Andorid cell phone for both personal and business purposes. I have given some thoughts about getting a tablet computer. So far, I have not been able to convince myself that I really need to have one. From observation of relatives and friends who have tablets, it looks to be more of a toy to most of them. I am considering upgrading to Samsung Note.

     

    If I am to get a tablet, it would most probably be Blackberry Playbook (price and capability consideration), or Lenovo Ideapad Yoga (versatility and compatibility with current computers) if I decide to wait until the end of the year.
    9 May 2012, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • Buy the I-Pad. Simply, it just works. You will be happy you spent the extra $100 or $200 for something that is so simple, and so universal.
    9 May 2012, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • If you owned a Mac, you would understand why people are so devoted and in love with Apple's products. It's a supreme sports car, not an old beat up dump truck. Superb beautiful products are always sought after.
    Apple is caviar PC's are cabbage.
    9 May 2012, 03:01 PM Reply Like
  • I have tried my children's Mac laptops and my relatives' iPad. I did not find them any more intuitive than my MS laptop or Samsung smartphone. I am able to operate these without reading any operation manuals.

     

    MS laptops serve my needs and pupposes. I have three right now, one running XP, one Vista and one Window 7. The oldest is more than 7 years old now. All three still running strong. I usually bought near the top end. As for operation stability, I could count the number of times they froze/crash on one hand. These happened when I had too many programs or windows opened. I run anti-virus software in the background. So I never had any problem with viruses.

     

    By the way, one of my children's Mac laptop died after 2 years. According to the serviceman, the mother board died. I bought her another Mac laptop.

     

    From what I have read in magazines, equivalently equipped Mac or MS laptop essentially performed similarly. Both systems can be sport cars if they are built to be sport cars. I preferred MS because I can get the sport car at a discount. Basically, to each his own.

     

    In my office at a major international company, we ran both XP and Window 7 computers. We do intensive computation work. They serve us well. The XP computers still chugging along even they are some 5 years old now.
    10 May 2012, 10:29 AM Reply Like
  • Rather than buying another incompatible device, you may want to select an ecosystem first and then get the devices to support it. Moreover, a good quality product is worth the extra spend.

     

    I am forced to use an XP laptop for work. Yes it still works but the amount of time in lost productivity waiting for the thing to boot up, boot down and open files is mind boggling.

     

    You clearly are set in your own ways but in considering a tablet you will need to decide what you want to use it for first and then pick one. I use my tablet as digital paper meaning note taking annotation of docs, reviewing presentations, browsing, magazines and occasionally tv. That means a tablet with a good size and high resolution works is critical.
    14 May 2012, 03:43 AM Reply Like
  • It is for real has been on Apple Insider for some time.I will buy one . like the portability of the smaller screen I can fit in my jacket easily. Tried to do this with the Kindle Fire what a piece of junk slow no loads I sent it back. Bye Bye to the Fire. APD
    9 May 2012, 03:44 PM Reply Like
  • The Best way to GO -- always AAPL
    9 May 2012, 07:09 PM Reply Like
  • According to my boots on the ground in China, Foxconn rolled out quantity of pre-production mini iPads (7") last week. He is playing with one.
    Foxconn's new facility in N. China will be in full produciton next month so they can catch up with the back-to-school season.
    r u ready to bite the bullet?
    10 May 2012, 12:45 AM Reply Like
  • I bought a Galaxy Tab 2 because of the price and because it has a built in universal TV remote. Not impressed with the Android OS, there's a simple elegance about IOS that Android doesn't have. I never needed to know how to kill an app or deal with forced close messages or find different launchers to discard the original vendor interface. And the apps are inferiior to the iPad apps, mostly phone apps that run on tablets and not converted to tablets or iPad apps that are simply better than their Android counterparts.

     

    I know Jobs was against this 7" tablet but I think Apple could do well with a 7" tablet.
    10 May 2012, 03:47 PM Reply Like
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