Apple May Launch Smaller iPad, New iPhone in Early 2011 Rumors Suggest

It's been a bit of time since we heard a juicy rumor about the iPad, so let's just get right into it, shall we? According to a new batch of rumors, emerging from a trusted source, it looks like Apple is planning quite a few things. Primarily, and what many people have called out for, is a smaller iPad. There's a slew of other things, as well, so dig in past the break to find out what else Apple supposedly has coming down the pipe.

First, though, let's talk about that smaller iPad. According to the source, Apple's current version of the iPad won't be the only one on the market for much longer. The Cupertino-based company is hard at work on a 7-inch model. While two (and a bit more) inches may not seem like much, it definitely would in the hand. The argument that it may be more user-friendly, especially as a GPS unit and eBook reader are pretty commonplace, but that would probably fall into user preference more than anything else.

As for the other rumors, there's apparently going to be a smaller iPod, too. And, considering we saw a remarkably small touchscreen device, with Apple's name all around it, appear not too long ago, this one could very well be plausible. Whether or not they'd call it a smaller iPod Touch, or a new member of the Shuffle lineage is anyone's guess.

And then, the big one. We know that Apple's "antennagate" is a big deal for some folks, and it was a big enough deal for Apple to raise up a press conference about it. And apparently their current fix just isn't good enough for the company, so they're already working on a new iPhone. The rumor states that the new device, aptly called the iPhone 5 (...), would be released some time early 2011, and would hopefully get people to forget about what's currently plaguing the device. Or, the iPhone 5 could be Verizon's model. So many options, and quite a few rumors to pick through today. Which ones do you think will come true?

[via CrunchGear]