It seems that the rumour that Apple is considering releasing a smaller version of the iPad just won’t go away. Now, AppleInsider reports, John Gruber of Daring Fireball, who is a very credible source, has been saying that he actually can confirm that Apple has been testing a 7.85-inch iPad with a 1,024 x 768 resolution in its labs, according to The Next Web. “I’ve heard from numerous people that that’s one of the ideas that they’re noodling with,” said Gruber when being interviewed on The Talk Show. Gruber elaborated with further details about what he knows about the iPad mini prototype, including the fact that its height will be approximately the same as the width of the new iPad that Apple has just released. Gruber tested the effectiveness of this size of screen by showing a screenshot rotated into landscape view, and concluded that it would be “useable,” although he also acknowledged that the text would be a little small, but not “ridiculously” small.
Of course the fact that Apple is testing such an iPad in no way means that it will ever get to see the light of day as an officially released Apple product, and Gruber says that he has no knowledge as to whether or not it will be released at some point by Apple, although he did speculate that Apple could launch it at its Worldwide Developers Conference this year.
Source: Apple reportedly 'noodling with' 7.85-inch iPad prototype