Apple’s smaller tablet will arrive as competition is intensifying in the fast-growing market. Since the original iPad was released, competitors have released tablets with various sizes, capabilities and prices. Google in July introduced the Nexus 7, with a 7-inch screen and a price of $199. Amazon last month released the latest models of its Kindle Fire tablets, with the entry-level model priced at $159. Apple’s newest iPad, released in March, starts at $499.
An iPad at $299 or less will make for a great Christmas present.