Thinking about picking up an iPad, but put off by its 1.5 pound weight and large 9.7 inch display? It looks like you might have a chance soon. DigiTimes reports that Apple may be working on a 5 to 7 inch model that will cost around $400 or less.
One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard over the last few days is that at 1.5 pounds, the iPad is a bit heavy to hold in your hands for an extended period. Sure, 1.5 pounds is light be netbook standards, with most mini-laptops weighing 2.4 pounds or more. But the difference is that netbooks are designed to be placed on a lap, desk, or table. The iPad works best while you’re holding it.
It’s probably worth mentioning that Apple already has a smaller iPad. It’s called the iPod touch. But there’s probably room for a device that’s in between the iPod touch and iPad in terms of size — especially if it has a higher resolution display and faster processor than the iPod touch.
The DigiTimes report quotes… a Digitimes analyst. The information apparently comes from “component sources,” so there may be some truth to it, but for now let’s put this in the category of speculation rather than news.