Just hours after our latest summary of reports on the potential for an "iPad mini" coming later this year, Bloomberg weighs in with its own claims that Apple will be looking to introduce the device in October for availability before the end of the year.
The new model will have a screen that's 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn't made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won't have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
I said this wasn't going to happen for quite a while. I didn't think there was going to be much of a market for a 7 inch device to make it worthwhile for Apple, but such a device is a much more suitable reader and at a lower price point will appeal to more people. I wonder if Apple will price this at $199 or $299, I'm thinking the latter.