The baby tablet will characteristic the equivalent presentation as the steady iPad but is awaited to have a seven-inch screen and cost only £155.
APPLE desires to beat its main Android tablet competitor by bringing out an “iPad Mini” at a loss-making price, it was exacted yesterday.
The baby tablet will characteristic the same presentation as the regular iPad but is expected to have a seven-inch screen and cost only $250 (£155), will establish in October.
Authors said they hoped the new production would attract to people who wish an iPad for surfing the net but don’t want to shell out £400 for a big one.
The intelligence was heartily greeted by iPad fans.
Mum-of-two Lynda Rogers, of Tolworth, south west London, said an inexpensive Apple tablet was long overdue.
The former model, 52, said: “Since it was established the cost of the iPad has for many people been too high.
“At last Apple has seen sensation and produced a device much more inexpensive.
“It’s big news for consumers.”
The impressive price cut is waited to help Apple fend off competition from the arising Android tablet market, which alter in price but can be as affordable as £139 for an eight-inch touch screen.
Apple fansite iMore accounted the launch, saying: “reported to our references, the reason for such enterprising pricing is to do to the tablet market what Apple did to the MP3 market in 2004 with the expansion of the iPod product line – leave absolutely no space for competitors…
“Our sources have suggested that the 7-inch iPad will be superposable to the current 9.7-inch iPad, only scaled down.”
The site said the recently tablet is anticipated to have the equivalent number of pixels but lower memory capability.
It adds: “Today’s claim says that Apple is going to come forward the pressure on Android tablet producers with an iPad mini that will sell for a amazingly low £155.
“That’s a bit hard to assume in the light of the other major arrogate this rumour builds, that the iPad mini will keep the full-sized iPad’s 2048×1536 resolving power.”
The move comes in spite of the fact that Apple’s former co-founder Steve Jobs, who died of cancer last October aged 56, was uninterested of seven-inch tablets.
He said in October 2010: “7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to contend with a smartphone and too little to compete with the iPad…
“These are one of the causes that the latest crop of 7-inch tablets are becoming to be DOA – dead on arrival.”