Wall Street Journal reports Apple testing an 8-inch iPad to take on Kindle Fire

Summary:Here's the "one more thing" that Amazon hopes it never hears. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on an 8-inch iPad that, if it ever sees the light of day, would compete with the highly successful Kindle Fire.

Here's the "one more thing" that Amazon hopes it never hears. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on an 8-inch iPad that, if it ever sees the light of day, would compete with the highly successful Kindle Fire.

The WSJ report says suppliers have seen a test device with the same screen resolution as the current iPad 2, which will supposedly be replaced with the iPad 3's high-res "retina display" possibly by next month. AU Optronics and LG Display have purportedly been tapped to provide the panels for the test device.

The late Steve Jobs showed no interest in tablets with screen sizes smaller than the 9.7 inches that grace the current iPads, but he was well-known to contradict previous statements he made (as anyone whose has read Walter Isaacson's bio can attest to). Apple is also notorious for testing products that never see the light of day -- and aren't exposed by press links. Nonetheless, the Fire's success suggests a big market for a shrunk-down iPad, especially if the price shrunk as well.

Would you have an interest in a smaller, potentially cheaper iPad? Let us know in the Talkback section.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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