WSJ reports that Apple will be releasing a smaller version of the iPad

There are always a million different rumors floating around about the next big thing from Apple, but this time it seems that the next big thing might actually be quite small. The Wall Street Journal, who typically are rather accurate when it comes to tech rumors, says that Apple will be rolling out a version of the iPad that is a bit smaller and more affordable in order to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.

Two sources told WSJ that the screen will be smaller than eight inches (Bloomberg had reported between seven and eight) and that Apple’s working with two of its usual suspects for display components, LG and AU Optronics. It’s hard to ignore the timing of these rumors: it would obviously be in Apple’s interest to soften demand for Google’s Nexus 7 — which launches later this month — with a pre-emptive strike while it ramps up for production.


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