Does Apple have a smaller 7.85-inch version of its iPad tablet in its labs? Well, this is what according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball. The comment comes at 1hr 19 minutes into episode #86 of The Talk Show – via The Next Web. Now what makes this news unsurprising? As we know a lot of things being cooking inside Apple’s lab and the company is working on from quite some time reportedly working on the smaller iPad as this is what comes into light as a question from host Dan Benjamin’s question: “Is Apple going to come out with a 7″ iPad, and if not: why not?”
“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.” He goes on to note that he has heard from ‘nobody’ about whether this smaller prototype will ever hit the market or if Apple has any plans to do anything with it beyond a prototype.
Gruber goes on to mention that you can get a feel for how it would be to use the iPad by taking a screenshot of a regular iPad in portrait, then turning it into horizontal mode to view the screenshot smaller. This will allow you to experience the interface at roughly the size it would be on a 7.85″ iPad. What sounds us at the moment is to wait and watch that if the Cupertino-based iPad maker is really working on something like this or it is just nothing but add-on rumors mill.