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RUMOR: Future iPads will be smaller

Apple is once again stirring the rumor mill with news that it’s been testing a tablet with a smaller screen supplied from component partners in Asia (China?) and get this, it’s rumored to be an 8-inch display. It’s not exactly a stretch from the iPad 2‘s 9.7-inch display, but as we know in the world of technology, the adage “size matters” rings true so much that every single millimeter counts. Take for example Huawei’s Ascend P1 S unseating Motorola’s Droid Razr as world’s thinnest smartphone by 0.4 mm.

On second thought, almost two inches is a big change, think of all the things that Apple would have to redo to make everything fit in a smaller space. We’re talking cleverly resizing cameras, buttons and ports. Maybe resizing is too out there, and cleverly repositioning them would make more sense. We’re sure of one thing though, it should be backwards compatible.

As always, Apple has chosen to remain mum on the issue. Could they just be starting up a rumor in prep for the iPad 3 launch in March? Or do they really want to get into Samsung‘s face with competing and similar-sized products?

We do know that Apple doesn’t like to conform with the market, and prefers to launch innovations that the market itself benchmarks. What do you guys think? Would you get a smaller iPad? Leave us a message in the comments below.

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