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WSJ: Apple Testing Smaller iPad; AT&T, VZN to Get iPad 3

You can usually tell when an Apple launch is drawing closer because the number of 'people in the know' and sources whispering about the rumored product increases dramatically.

This week, the Wall Street Journal is keeping things moving with rumors that we haven't heard in quite a while. The newspaper is reporting that Apple could be working on a smaller iPad than the 9.7-inch model we've seen in the last two versions of the tablet. Don't panic, though. Just because 'people familiar with the situation' say Apple is working with component suppliers in Asia to test a new tablet computer with a smaller display, that doesn't mean the old model has been given the heave-ho.

Apple is apparently eager to better compete with competitors and strengthen its position in the tablet market, and broadening its portfolio is one way to maintain market share. These sources say that though the company is currently testing the product, it's no guarantee that Cupertino will ultimately decide to go ahead with the new slate, which is said to measure roughly 8-inches in size.

In other news, the upcoming (but as yet unconfirmed) iPad 3 will apparently be compatible with both Verizon and AT&T's 4G LTE networks. The Journal cites more people familiar with the matter in reporting that the tablet will land at both AT&T and Big Red, but whether or not Sprint and T-Mobile will also be able to sell the iPad remains unclear. Right now, T-Mobile is the only one of the four that doesn't offer the iPhone 4.

As always, Apple has refused to comment, because any hint of clarification on any of these rumors would be no fun at all. Instead, we'll have to wait for the big reveal, which right now is tipped to be March 7. If you can't wait that long, you can always check out our round-up of iPad 3 rumors. The quick and dirty is that most expect the tablet to pack a new Retina display, a quad-core CPU, a new camera, and support for LTE.

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  • kenyee
    lol...and they thought the 7-8" Android ones were too small and no one needed a small one :-)
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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    kenyeelol...and they thought the 7-8" Android ones were too small and no one needed a small one :-)Steve died, now they don't need to listen to him anymore. Now Apple can go on with milking their customer's wallets and pay less attention to stevie's ideologies.

    Wow... that was awfully negative what I pointed out there....
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  • frozonic
    smaller iPad? i tough they were the ones who said that a smaller tablet is useless, that the standard size should be higher than 9.7"...
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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    Yeah its called the iPhone lol
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  • tomfreak
    If it is 7" like Galaxy tab 7", then it is time for Samsung to sue them back for payback! Rofl
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  • egidem
    It would be hilarious if the competition turned around and sued them for making a tablet with a screen size similar to theirs. :P

    Obviously that would never happen because the competition is smarter than that - they have better things to do like innovate rather than filing lawsuits left and right.
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  • toms my babys daddy
    ipad nano. oh boy
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  • NuclearShadow
    Why do I get the feeling that Apple will advertise the smaller iPad as innovative and as a advancement and actually charge more for it than the larger model.

    I suppose it is good for the consumer however as some people prefer smaller tablets.
    So, Jane whats your preferred size? Errm for tablets of course.
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  • molo9000
    A smaller iPad would have never happened with Steve Jobs sill around.... unless this is part of the whole "fight against Android to the last bullet" thing.

    What people want are lighter and bigger tablets, not smaller and cheaper.
    A 11"-13" tablet with the same weight as current tablets would be awesome.
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  • watcha
    egidemIt would be hilarious if the competition turned around and sued them for making a tablet with a screen size similar to theirs. Obviously that would never happen because the competition is smarter than that - they have better things to do like innovate rather than filing lawsuits left and right.
    It would 'never happen' because the lawsuit against Samsung had nothing to do with the 'size' of the device.
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