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    New iPad Could Have Smaller Screen

    FILE - In this file photo made May 28, 2010, customers are silhouetted at the launch of the new iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in central in Rome, Italy. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, it will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in some stores by Friday and in a majority of locations by the height of the holiday shopping season.  (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi, File)

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    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.”

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal