Production of 7.85 inch iPad supposedly slated for production in Third quarter of 2012

DigiTimes is once again stoking the flames for the rumoured 7.85-inch iPad, which they first suggested was likely a few months ago. In a new report published today, DigiTimes’ sources claim that manufacturers in Apple’s supply chain have already started delivering samples of the smaller iPad for “verification”, with volume production to begin in Q3 of 2012.

Makers in Apple’s iPad supply chain have started delivering samples of 7.85-inch iPads for verification, with volume production likely to begin in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to industry sources.

The belief is that Apple is planning on launching the 7.85-inch iPad to compete with Amazon’s $199 7-inch Kindle Fire and other similarly sized tablets. The same sources have pegged the 7.85-inch iPad’s price at US$249-299, and the rumoured 8GB iPad 2 to sell for US$349-399 when released. Now before you get overly excited about a smaller iPad, just know that DigiTimes has been known to be wrong before with their reports, so cautiously take it with a grain of salt.

[via MacRumors]

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