Hot on the heels of last week's iPad 3 March launch-date rumor, speculations abound that Apple may finally soon reveal an iPad Mini, releasing a 7-inch version of its wildly popular tablet later this year.
Speaking to Computerworld, technology analyst Ezra Gottheil said he expects Apple to roll out a smaller 7-inch iPad sometime after debuting the iPad 3.
I believe that's always been in the plan, he said.
Actually that's a good form factor for some users, and although they will also charge a premium above other similar-sized tablets, they want to protect that price flank.
If the rumor proves true, the iPad mini will challenge a number of smaller tablets, including Amazon's Fire -- which last quarter sold six million units.
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The news comes after allthingsd reported last week that sources close to Apple had told them the company was preparing to announce the iPad 3 in the first week of March, with a possible release a week later.
Its analysis suggested the new design hints at a larger battery than the previous model sported, a new LCD screen, and a modified camera.