7.85-inch iPad “mini” in October analyst predicts

June 30th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted in General, Science & Technology

Analyst Andy Hargreaves believes that,  Apple will introduce a 7.85-inch iPad in the fall with 8 GB of flash memory for $299, and sell 10 million of the minis by the end of 2012.

Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves is predicting that Apple will introduce a 7.85-inch iPad in October,On the heels of Google’s $199 Nexus 7.

“We anticipate an entry-level 7.85″ iPad with 8GB of NAND capacity to price at $299 with an initial gross margin of 31%. We estimate Apple will sell 10.0 million 7.85″ iPads in FQ1 (Dec. 2012) and 35.2 million in all of F2013. Based on estimated component order volume, we believe our iPad mini unit estimates are well within Apple’s production capacity. We anticipate 25% cannibalization of the larger 9.7″ iPad (for every four 7.85″ iPads added, we reduced our 9.7″ iPad estimate by one), so our total F2013 iPad estimate increases to 91.6 million from 65.2 million,” he wrote in a report published Thursday.

For a long time Apple has been  rumored  to be developing 7-inch version of the iPad, but Apple was silent on the topic.

According to Tom Mainelli, IDC’s research director of Mobile Connected Devices,  Apple could increase its market dominance with a iPad mini. “If Apple launches a sub-$300, 7-inch product into the market later this year as rumored, we expect the company’s grip on this market to become even stronger,” he wrote in a report issued ahead of the Nexus 7′s unveiling.

Hargreaves suggested that Apple would kill the $399 iPad 2, and could introduce a 16GB iPad mini in same  price. He also expects a refresh in October for the current  9.7-inch iPad, speculating that it will have a lighter battery and oxide TFT screen and new camera location.

Hargreaves cranked up his price target for Apple from $630 to $690.

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