Rumours that Apple’s next iPad will come in two size options were given a fresh layer of credence today, amid new leaks from the tech giant’s supply chain.
According to an insider cited by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the so-called iPad 3 will be available with the now-standard 9.7-inch display, alongside a ‘Mini'-branded edition with an eight-inch screen.
The smaller display will purportedly feature a resolution broadly in line with the iPad 2, suggesting that Apple may be facing problems scaling-up the high density retina display technology it used in the most recent iPhones for larger devices.
The WSJ reports: “Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around eight-inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it."
The business daily’s story, which flies in the face of comments by Steve Jobs that smaller tablets are unwieldy and fiddly to use, is the second major iPad 3 leak in recent days.
Yesterday, iMore.com’s sources apparently corroborated long-standing rumours that the iPad 3 will pack a quad-core processor and claimed that it is set to land on March 7th.
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