Today, on The Talk Show, a podcast that features John Gruber of Daring Fireball and 5by5′s Dan Benjamin, Gruber revealed that not only is Apple mulling a smaller version of its iPad, it has a 7.85-inch iPad in its labs. Gruber, who said a public release is far from certain, speculated that Apple could launch such a tablet at WWDC.
MacRumors weighed in on the possibility of a pint-sized iPad last week, deciding that it would make sense for several reasons: The smaller tablet could go head to head with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, and with a 7.85-inch display and 1024×768 resolution, which works out to roughly 163 PPI, the iPad’s little brother would have a pixel density in common with the pre-Retina iPhone and iPod touch, making it a breeze to work with.
But don’t get your hopes up. Gruber said he “wouldn’t be surprised if it never ships.”
The podcast isn’t yet available for download, but once it is, we’ll link to it.
Update: The Talk Show podcast is now available to listen or download.