Rumors are going around the web that Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad as soon as October this year. The new tablet is anticipated to have a 7" to 8" screen but won't feature a retina resolution.
Instead the report suggests the new tablet - which would sell for a lower price than that of the existing iPad (starting from $499) and perhaps nearer near the price range of Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 tablet (both priced at $199) - has been extensively considered by Apple. As expected, Apple refused to comment on the speculation.
Similarly, Apple blog MacRumors suggests that Apple will use Sharp's indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) technology that will allow the display of the iPad Mini device to be thinner and brighter than it could otherwise be. Chinese website MyDrivers.com even goes as far as to suggest the display of the new iPad Mini will be 7.85".