NYT: Apple iPad Mini is a Real Thing and is Coming This Year
According to the New York Times’ unnamed sources, Apple is indeed planning a 7.85-inch version of the iPad that will cost much less than the larger versions; what’s more, the product will be announced yet this year. The sources indicated that there may be a variety of price points and “functions tailored to various uses”; perhaps a dedicated ereader is in the offing.
The competition: Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet
The late Steve Jobs famously thought that the smaller tablet form factor was no good, which explains Apple’s long delay in getting a 7-inch iPad to market, but apparently the company has come around. Perhaps Google’s new 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet finally pushed the envelope far enough for them to pull the trigger.