Steve Jobs Says a Big No to 7 Inch iPad Models

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During Apple’s Q4 financial results call today, Steve Jobs had a lot to say about upcoming potential iPad rivals (much more on that later) – including some very choice words on Apple’s view on and the prospects for 7 inch tablets. I think it’s safe to say (unless this is one giant Jobsian ruse) that he has ruled out any 7 inch iPad models coming in future.

Here are some of his words on this (with a little paraphrasing where I couldn’t take notes fast enough):

A 10 inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.

One would think a 7 inch screen is 70% of the benefit of a 10 inch screen  – but because of diagonal screen measurment, it’s only 40% – this size is insufficient to create great tablet apps we believe.

7 inch tablets are tweeners – too big to compete with smartphone, too small to compete with tablets

We don’t think you can make a great tablet with a 7 inch screen

Not too much room for doubt there. 7 inch tablet = bad. 10 inch tablet = very good and magical. That’d be my quick synopsis.


Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “Steve Jobs Says a Big No to 7 Inch iPad Models”

  1. I couldn't agree more! I never liked de idea of a 7" iPad! I love my iPhone 4, and I love my iPad… I just can't see anthing in the middle! I'm glag Steve agrees… :)

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