Apple’s suppliers have already started to produce a new smaller tablet with a 7.85 inch screen, said the Wall Street Journal.
The smaller screen size may appeal to consumers who use a tablet mainly to watch TV or play games and want a more portable version they can hold in one hand. Apple’s current iPad has a 9.7 inch screen.
Also this week, Fortune reported that Apple will send out press invitations for an unveiling of a new tablet on October 10, according to an unnamed source. That would suggest a tablet unveiling on October 17 followed by a launch on November 2, if Apple follows its usual pattern, Fortune said.
The market for tablets is expected to heat up for the holidays. Google launched the Nexus 7, 7-inch tablet for $199 recently and Amazon released last month new versions of the Kindle Fire starting at $159. Microsoft will soon launch a larger “Surface” tablet with a 10.6 inch screen.