Apple’s existence of a 7.85″ iPad
As to whether or not this ‘iPad-mini’ will be released, Gruber said “Well, I don’t know. What I do know is that they have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768… it’s just like the 9.7″ iPad shrunk down a little bit. Apps wouldn’t need to be recompiled or redesigned to work optimally on it. It’s just the iPad smaller.”
While Apple may have many different prototypes in its labs, not all of them make it to the consumer. The iPad-Mini, however, does seem more plausible with reports coming from Chinese supply chains of such a device for several months. Still, we will have to sit on our hands and wait a while — Apple rumors continue to flood the internet and there certainly is no short supply of them.