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.
Image Source: iLounge.com
Component suppliers in Taiwan have indicated to one Wall Street analyst that Apple’s next-generation iPad will sport a 7-inch high-resolution Retina Display, a camera, and 128GB of capacity — and that it could sell 45 million in 2011.
Definitely some nice potential specs there for a smaller, iPad ‘Mini’ sort of model. The same analyst also says the new smaller model will have a micro or mini USB port, and that it will replace the first-gen iPad – which both sound very far-fetched.
When I first saw rumors about new 7 inch iPads, I thought they would not be of any interest to me. Thinking on it more, and seeing mockups like the one shown above, has me much more interested in a possible Mini model. I certainly would not want it to replace the current size though, I’d want it to be another option. What do you think? Would a new smaller iPad model be of interest?
Rumor via: Apple Insider
Shanzai.com, a site that follows China’s technology industry, has posted a rumor to the effect that Apple’s next tablet will resemble "an oversized iPhone 4" rather than a smaller iPad. Shanzai says that they have "ears to the ground in Shenzen," the home of Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn, and that loose lips have stated that the 7" tablet is a "finished product."
That’s a slice from a recent article at TUAW, but the same thing has been reported all round the web this week. Rumors of a smaller iPad model have been around just about ever since the iPad was released, but they seem to have gained ground this week.
I’m still a little on the fence about how appealing a new, smaller model will be – but leaning towards thinking it would be a nice to see a small ‘range’ of iPads consisting of the full-size and 7 inch models and both WiFi only and 3G options.
Mike Cane seems convinced that Apple will be announcing a new 7-inch version of the iPad very soon – likely at their latest ‘Special event’ on September 1.
I don’t see how Apple can not do this.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android 2.2-based tablet with a seven-inch screen.
It looks damn slick in this promo video.
I don’t see how Apple can let smaller and less-expensive tablets such as this tempt people away from the iPad.
The iPad is vulnerable both on the issues of price and size.
I don’t feel 100% convinced we’ll see this announced next week, but I do think Mike’s argument makes sense. Check out his two posts on this subject here:
What do you all think of a 7-inch iPad model? Will we see one soon? Would you want one at this new size?