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New iPad Could Have Smaller Screen

More rumors for Apple fans. Apple’s technology suppliers tell The Wall Street Journal that the company has shown them designs for eight-inch iPad screens. A scaled-down iPad would make a new version better able to compete with the smaller Samsung Galaxy Note and Amazon Kindle Fire. The iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch screen, but it has seen its market share fall lately as cheaper, smaller alternatives have entered the market. The new screen would have similar resolution to the iPad 2, according to suppliers. Another new iPad, with higher screen resolution and at similar size to the iPad 2, is expected to be released in early March. In 2010 Steve Jobs said 9.7 inches was “the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.”

February 14, 2012 7:01 AM