Rumors by Dan Seifert on Monday July 16, 2012.
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Reports that Apple is planning to release a smaller version of its iPad tablet are continuing to build steam, and The New York Times is the latest to contribute to the fray. According to anonymous sources reporting to the NYT, Apple will launch a 7.85-inch version of the iPad at some point this year.
This new version of the iPad would be significantly smaller than the current 9.7-inch model, and it would come with an appropriately smaller price tag. The current iPad starts at $499, though customers can still purchase last year's iPad 2 for $399.
The 7-inch tablet space isn't empty, however, and Apple will be going head to head with Google's new Nexus 7 tablet should it release an iPad in this size class. The Nexus 7 is priced starting from $199, and many reviews (including our own) say that it is easily the best tablet in the 7-inch space. Seven-inch tablets have proven to be easier to use with one hand and while walking around as compared to their 9.7 and 10-inch counterparts.
Amazon is also said to be working on a significant update to its 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, further crowding the space. The updated Kindle Fire is expected to be released later this year, as well.