John Gruber mentioned that Apple has a “7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768” in its testing labs, and Apple sites went nuts. My first response echos what Jim Dalrymple said on Amplified on Friday: of course Apple is testing a smaller iPad. It’s safe to assume that Apple didn’t ship a 10″ iPad without first testing a slew of other sizes. Further, I don’t doubt that Apple is fiddling with larger and smaller models to this day.
This is how big companies work. Do you think something as beautiful as the Pontiac Aztec just happens?
The question is about Apple’s intention. Will it see a need, a reason, to produce and ship a smaller model? I don’t know the answer, but I do know that Apple won’t ship one without a compelling reason, and “to compete with the Fire” is not a compelling reason.
Apple’s new iPad will be released in the US today, and developers are preparing their apps for its high-resolution display. As of this writing, the folloing apps are ready to look fantastic on Apple’s Retina display, among others: