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Apple Testing Smaller iPad: WSJ
A smaller iPad suggests that Apple may try to broaden its worldwide market share, which stood at 60% in Q3
By: Maureen O'Gara
Feb. 15, 2012 07:45 AM
Contrary to Steve Jobs' dictum that the 9.7-inch iPad is as small as a tablet can get, Apple is testing a widget that's around eight inches and has gotten as far as qualifying suppliers for it, according to the Wall Street Journal.
It's supposed to be working with screen makers AU Optronics of Taiwan and LG Display of South Korea.
The device would reportedly have the same resolution as the current iPad.
Apple is expected to unveil an iPad 3 next month with heightened resolution that can also run on Verizon and AT&T's faster 4G LTE networks.
A smaller iPad suggests that Apple may try to broaden its worldwide market share, which stood at 60% in Q3, particularly in developing markets like China and India, and take on competition from the Android mob, which is selling smaller tablets like the seven-inch Amazon Kindle Fire, the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note and the seven- and 8.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The Journal cautioned that just because Apple is testing a smaller iPad doesn't mean such a device will come out.
Separately, the blogosphere suggests the date of the iPad 3 introduction will be Wednesday March 7.
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