Bloomberg: 7.85” iPad coming in October, new Kindle Fire next week

The rumor mill never ceases to grind out stories about upcoming tablets, phones, and other gadgets. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to see a mainstream news source lend the speculation a little added weight. Bloomberg did just that earlier this morning, citing multiple sources who expect Apple to unleash a 7.85" iPad in October—and who reckon Amazon’s new Kindle Fire will come out as soon as next week.

Bloomberg doesn’t reveal a lot of details about the smaller iPad. Its sources merely name suppliers for the device’s display and its "lamination coating." The suppliers themselves are, of course, staying mum—as is Apple. A couple of weeks back, 9to5Mac posted a number of mockups and allegedly leaked pictures of the device. Those images suggest the "iPad Mini" will look like a supersized iPod Touch, with a very slim bezel on the sides of the display.

Bloomberg also says analysts expect Amazon’s next-gen Kindle Fire to debut next week. As the news service points out, Amazon posted a press release yesterday, announcing that the current version of the Kindle Fire has sold out:

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 30, 2012– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire—combining 15 years of innovation into a single, fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon.com, earning over 10,000 5-star customer reviews, and is the #1 best-selling product across the millions of items available on Amazon since its introduction 48 weeks ago. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle Fire is sold out, and that in just nine months, Kindle Fire has captured 22% of tablet sales in the U.S.

The announcement sings the praises of the old Kindle Fire, yet oddly enough, it neglects to mention why the device is no longer available or when folks can expect the replacement. It does seem like a thinly veiled teaser for the next version of the tablet, though.

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    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Goldilocks on the new 7.85″ IPad:

    IPhone : “This is too small!”
    Old IPad : “This is too big!”
    The new 7.85″ IPad : This is just right!”

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    WAY TO COPY, APPLE!

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      Ah yes. They up-sized it by an extra 0.85in just so’s they could out-shine the competition, copying SuperSizing from McDonalds. And now the Bigger Mac will get them.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Tablets are just fads and will be gone by the end of this year. Lol!

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      You have been saying that since 2010 ;D

        • trackerben
        • 7 years ago

        It’s a faith-based message, no doubt

    • pedro
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve never bought an iPod, iPhone or iPad but I think I’m finally gonna buy into the world of iOS when this iPad mini drops. My brother gave me a gen-before-last iPod touch he doesn’t use anymore. I’ve been really impressed by it. Chrome for iOS is nice and surfing the web is a lot of fun on this thing. And then when I see an iPad I realize that it’d be even nicer. 7.85 inches seems just right.

    Or I might wait another year. The speed of tech improvements in this area is really quick right now.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]7.85 inches seems just right.[/quote<] That's what SHE said! [spoiler<]I am so sorry...[/spoiler<]

        • pedro
        • 7 years ago

        I saw that coming. Well played. 😉

      • tay
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah I agree. I have the newest 10″ ipad and if I was shopping again, I’d get the 7.85″. It’s 30% bigger than the Android 7″ tablets because of 4:3 vs 16:9.
      Just the right size 😉

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    Amazon…. What an odd company. One of these days amazon investors are going to either be proven to be brilliantly insightful or some of the biggest suckers of all time. With a price/earnings of about 300 and a price/book of about 16, this company would need to have some pretty amazing growth in order for the “brilliantly insightful” option to work out.

      • tay
      • 7 years ago

      So why downvote this? If you disagree reply. If you don’t understand P/E etc ignore it. Some people.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Meh, what are you gonna do? 🙂

        The thing from amazon that I find to be much more interesting and potentially profitable for the company is AWS. OTOH, that’s a market that could get pretty competitive. IBM, microsoft, google, and maybe one day even apple (though apple might be a long shot) could end up fighting for that space.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    Why launch a new 7-8″ iPad in October? I wish they’d simplify their branding some by just expanding the iPad line to include the iPod Touch. Make the next iPod touch an iPad Mini, make the 8-ish” iPad into an iPad Air, and make those 9.7″ iPad’s into the iPad Pro line.

    Then price them as “Starting at $199.99” for iPad Mini, “Starting at $299.99” for iPad Air, “Starting at $399.99” for the iPad Pro. Varying sizes and connectivity options will add to the baseline cost. And for the love of God, Apple, stop selling devices with only 16gb of flash. Start at 32, go up to 128.

    Then refresh the Shuffle with an even smaller, lighter device with 4 GB of flash, refresh the Nano with something smaller and lighter with A4-based app support, and look the other way on the hard drive-based iPod.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]I wish they'd simplify their branding some[/quote<] But if it all made sense, it wouldn't be very magical, now would it?

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      I fail to see how you can find Apples branding complicated when you have nVidia rebranding parts across four generations and laptop makers everywhere using a jumble of letters and numbers for their products. Apple already has some of the simplest branding of any tech company, if you walk out of an apple store with one product thinking you’re holding something else, well that’s entirely your fault.

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      And they should bake in complete bluetooth profiles into everything, even the Nano.

      That “rumored 8-ish” iPad could turn out to be a systems controller and media and ads manager for their next generation Apple TV. Packaged with an Apple-branded HDTV, it could be called iPad TV, “Starting at $1499.99” for the iPad TV 46in

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