Apple is currently working to test an iPad model with a smaller screen, according to a new report. Citing officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has shown the suppliers screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around eight inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it. One person said the smaller device will have a similar resolution to that of the iPad 2, and that Apple is working with AU Optronics and LG Display to supply the test panels. As noted in the report, Apple could opt not to proceed with the device; iLounge’s own sources have repeatedly said that Apple was working on an iPad model with a screen size in the seven-inch range, but have similarly expressed uncertainty as to whether the product would ever actually be released.
WSJ: Apple testing iPad with smaller screen
Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.