If you listen to the latest chatter around the web, you might think Apple has a 7.85" iPad close to hitting production. But that might not be so. As The Next Web reports, blogger John Gruber addressed the device on a recent episode of the Talk Show podcast, and he’s not so sure Apple will release it. Here’s a transcript:
“Well, I don’t know. What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768…it’s just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit,” Gruber said. “I’ve heard from multiple people that this is something that they’re kind of noodling with.”
Gruber added that the device is about as tall as the current iPad is wide, and it’s small but usable. However, he goes on to say, "I think it’s . . . a maybe," and, "[Apple] make all sorts of products that they never actually release." When asked to go on record about the device’s prospective release, Gruber refuses, saying, "It could be something that they never ship."
Interesting. I’m sure Apple has all kinds of crazy prototypes in its labs, and The Next Web points out that the company’s design and prototyping process may involve suppliers in China, which could explain the rumors we’ve heard from the Far East. When or whether the device sees the light of day remains unclear, though.