Apple may be working on a version of the iPad with a smaller, 7-inch screen that’s geared to compete with the Galaxy Tab, a wireless tablet device from Samsung, reports Bloomberg News, citing a report from an analyst.
The smaller iPad may hit the shelves as soon as the start of 2011, said Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who based his analysis on talking with Apple’s supplier’s, the story says. The iPad’s current screen is 9.7 inches.
The Galaxy Tab, which should be sold to U.S. consumers later this year, will run Google’s Android operating system and be sold by wireless carriers including AT&T and Verizon Wireless. A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment.