7.85in iPad Mini is in Apple's labs

Is Cupertino holding back on producing this downsized tablet?

Apple could have a 7.85in iPad waiting in its lab wings, if Apple pundit and Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber isn't seeing things. He reckons that there's iPad Mini prototypes lurking around Apple HQ – that may or may not be released.

The specs fit with what we've heard before about a smaller iPad – the iPad Mini prototype is reportedly as tall as the current 9.7in iPads are wide when in portrait mode. And this 7.85in iPad is set to have a 1024x768 resolution display which, although it's not following in the footsteps of the new iPad's Retina Display, should still pack in 163ppi.

The fact that the 7.85in iPad Mini exists doesn't mean Apple will release this version of its tablet – we were never in any doubt that Apple could make a smaller iPad and screen size is one feature that Cupertino seems to want to get spot on or not at all.

Still, Apple doesn't want Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 running around stealing all the small handed tablet-wielders away, now does it?

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