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.
If you still didn’t get a chance to watch Steve Jobs’ keynote for WWDC 2010, or you just don’t have an hour and a half available to take it all in, the customary ‘Super Condensed’ version has now come out – so you can get the highlights and the gist of it in under 5 minutes.
I love these shortened versions of the Apple event keynote presentations.
Just in case you hadn’t already heard, the official Apple video of Steve Jobs’ WWDC 2010 keynote address is out now at the Apple site. If you didn’t get enough news yesterday on the keynote and the new iPhone 4 announcement, or you just want to see how Steve coped when there were ‘network issues’ and his demos were failing, then you don’t need to wait any longer.
Check out the video at Apple’s page here:
As expected, it has been confirmed by Steve himself that free ePub ebooks can be synced to the iPad via iTunes.
Apparently Steve Jobs is continuing to reply to user questions on all things iPhone and iPad – this time even firing off a reply from his iPad. This one was in reply to a question about whether we’ll be able to load free ePub format ebooks onto the iPad via iTunes.
This is great news if you’re a fan of grabbing up classics from sources like the superb Project Gutenberg. Another reason to look forward to seeing the iBooks app in action.
So apparently Steve Jobs has not got enough to do in these weeks leading up to the iPad launch. Or he does, but he still finds spare time to answer user questions about the upcoming device directly via his iPhone and iPad.
9to5Mac let us know a couple days ago that Jobs had replied to an email asking whether the WiFi only version will support tethering through an iPhone. Jobs’ reported one word reply, straight from his iPhone:
Here’s how Steve Jobs summed up the new iPad at the Apple launch event jut a couple of days ago:
Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.
It’s going to be lots of fun seeing whether the new device can live up to those lofty words.
On Wednesday Steve and Apple put an end to all the frenzied rumors and speculation, and announced the iPad. Reactions to the long-awaited and much-anticipated new device have been all over the board. I’m excited about the iPad. I want one, and will certainly get one on Day 1, and I’m excited to blog about this new device and especially about the apps that will run on it and the uses we’ll find for it.
Wednesdays launch event was long and full of a lot of information. Read on for some of my quick thoughts on what we heard …