February 14, 2012- As rumors of the next generation iPad’s imminent release swirl, word in the technology world says the company is weighing the idea of producing a smaller screen version of its popular tablet.
Insiders said Apple is working together with its component suppliers throughout Asia testing a new tablet that has a smaller screen. Apple wants to broaden its pipeline of products amidst the increasing competition in order to keep its dominance in the market.
Some of Apple’s suppliers, who preferred not to be named, said the hi-tech company has shown new screen designs to them for a device that would have an 8-inch screen size. The company’s current iPad 2 has a screen size just less than 10 inches.
Apple is known to test different options with component makers all the time and could decide after testing to not proceed with the new device. A spokesperson from the Cupertino, California company declined to comment on the possibility of a smaller screened iPad.
All this comes at a time when Apple is set to launch its next generation iPad sometime in the first half of March. The new iPad is thought to have a screen with a much higher resolution than its predecessor does.
Nevertheless, having a smaller screen size tablet might help Apple compete with Amazon and Samsung.