Queensland, Australia (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
Rumours of a new 7-inch tablet from Apple have been circulating the tech industry ever since the iPad 3 was launched in March. And with new reports surfacing that suppliers have already been told by Apple to brace themselves for the mass production of its latest tablet – the entire industry now eagerly waits for confirmation of the release date of the new iPad Mini.
According to industry analysts, this plan to create a new 7-inch tablet is a total deviation from the view of Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder who passed away in 2011, since he has publicly expressed that 7-inch tablets are not practical and will not be able to bring in good user experience to the forefront.
Steve Jobs, in a statement made in October 2010, described the device as: “These 7-inch tablets are tweeners—too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad.”
He added, “These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA—dead on arrival.”
But an IHS iSuppli report in March, said that the iPad Mini, featuring a 7.85 inch XGA display was already in the works, and was set for release during the shopping season of the winter holidays, when a lot of people are willing to spend their money.
In another report, the Wall Street Journal mentioned that component suppliers for the smaller tablet version were told to get ready for mass production. Sources said that among those who will most probably be working with the production are South Korea’s LG Display, and Taiwan’s AU Optronics.
Interestingly, Reuters reported that the Retina display screens for the iPad 3 were supplied by LG Display and Samsung, the latter being among Apple’s fiercest competitors and which is also party to an ongoing legal battle with the company.
The rumoured move by Apple to create an iPhone with a larger screen and now the planned launch of the 7-inch iPad Mini may be attributed to the rising popularity of smaller tablets in the market today – as seen by Google’s Android dominance in the smartphone market worldwide.
Just last month, Google released Nexus 7, featuring a 7-inch display, which has been marketed as easier for users to carry and hold. The Nexus 7 has an introductory price of $199, and is set to directly compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
In light of these reports, many mobile app developers around the world are eagerly anticipating the release of the iPad Mini in the coming months. Changes in the app development level will surely take place, but some reports say that despite the smaller display, the iPad app development process will remain generally the same.
On the other hand, leading mobile app development company SmarterApps welcomes the impending release of the iPad Mini. Craig Aitken, Owner and Director of SmarterApps said, “The current services we offer and the technology we use for app development are made to adapt to any subsequent updates and additions that may come into the fray.”
Aitken added, “With Apple’s huge market share in the smartphone industry, businesses who react swiftly by developing apps for this platform will gain a significant advantage over their competitors.”
SmarterApps is an established mobile app developer in Australia with years of expertise and experience in iOS app design and creation. They also cater to other platforms such as Android and Blackberry; give strategic advice and analysis, app marketing, and much more.
If you have an app idea for iPad or iPhone in mind, do not hesitate to contact SmarterApps. You can reach them at 1300 650 253 or visit their website http://www.smarterapps.com.au/ for more information.