Officials at some of Apple’s suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has shown them screen designs for a new device with a screen size of around 8-inches, and said it is qualifying suppliers for it.
It has been stated that the smaller device 8-inch iPad will have a similar resolution screen as the iPad 2, packing the 1024x768 pixels on a display 25% smaller. I really think Apple could be successful in the Kindle Fire price range with their abundance of apps already available.
Apple tests many products that never make it in the Apple Store, so even if these reports are true...it may not be announced in March (or ever). Apple could definitely compete in the price war that Amazon started with the Kindle Fire, with the addition of an 8-inch tablet. A pricing structure lowering the iPad 2 to $349, iPad 2 Mini (1024x768 resolution) at $249, and the iPad 3 (2048x1536) priced at $499.
What do you think?