Smaller IPad Prototypes 'Delivered to Apple'

Smaller IPad Prototypes 'Delivered to Apple'
Prototypes of a new, smaller iPad have been delivered to Apple for verification and could enter production in the third quarter, a report has claimed.

Digitimes reports that Apple's manufacturing partners have delivered samples of a 7.85-inch iPad, according to anonymous industry sources.

Last month, reports that a smaller iPad was being tested emerged and Digitimes also reported late last year that an iPad with a 7.85in display would hit the market at some stage in 2012.

In the most recent report, Digitimes claims that sources think that new, smaller device would go on sale for between $249 and $299 in order to compete with Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire. Production would begin in the third quarter of 2012, which would make sense if Apple anticipated another pre-Christmas battle with Amazon.

However, a separate report from the same outlet published this week suggests that Apple has another low-cost option coming--an 8GB iPad 2, which it will announce next week.

The 8GB iPad 2 model is expected to cost between $349 and $399, Digitimes believes.

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