The publication says that Apple is testing a prototype device with a screen about 8 inches, which is about two inches less than the already released tablets of the company. The compact model should complement the third generation iPad .
Apple has with its Asian partners test tablet with an 8-inch display, which could potentially expand the range of tablet iPad, with a screen diagonal of 9.7 inches,reported The Wall Street Journal , citing well-informed sources.
The publication says that Apple is testing a prototype device with a screen about 8 inches, which is about two inches less than the already released tablets of the company. The compact model should complement the iPad third-generation (which is expected to announce in early March) or its successor.
One source WSJ argues that resolution of the display of the new device will be at the iPad 2, that is 1024×768 pixels. At the same time, the third generation of the iPad, is expected to get a screen with ultra-high resolution of 2048×1536 pixels.
Tablet with a small diagonal help Apple better compete with manufacturers that offer compact models based on the system Google Android. For example, Samsung makes the plates with a diagonal of 5.3 to 10.1 inches. The largest power retailer Amazon launches 7-inch tablet Kindle Fire, which became a bestseller, but in this case, the important role played by the low price of $ 200.
WSJ says ,
Apple is constantly developing prototype devices, and not all of them go into production.
Media reports about plans to expand its presence in the Apple market release tablets compact model for about a year. This information appears in spite of the fact that at the end of 2010 the then chief executive Steve Jobs called compact Tablet PC “stillborn” and have no prospects.
Currently iPad tablet firmly hold the lead in its sector, controlling about 60% of the global market for such devices.