Steve Jobs famously pooh-poohed the notion of a 7-inch iPad in 2010, doubting "the value of the product" and calling it "meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size." But the market has matured a bit since then. If nothing else, Amazon's Kindle Fire has proven that there is indeed a market for a 7-inch tablet, but the question remains whether Apple will finally put an end to the rumors and release a so-called iPad mini this year.
Despite the protests of Apple executives -- most prominently, the late Steve Jobs -- it appears that a smaller iPad isn’t just the stuff of unicorns and fairy tales. Would you believe that a prototype actually exists somewhere in a Cupertino lab?
It seems like no matter how much Apple protests shrinking the iPad into a seven-inch form factor, the world just can’t accept it. Nor should they, if a new report is to believed which claims samples of a 7.85-inch iPad are currently making the rounds of Apple’s supply chain.
One more week to go! By this time next Friday, we’ll all be waiting anxiously for the fat man in the red suit to sprint down our chimneys and leave some (hopefully Mac-related) goodies under the tree. In the meantime, the tech news is showing no signs of letting up, with plenty of rumors and product news to keep you busy on this fabulous Friday, December 16, 2011.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team have been quite insistent that the 7-inch form factor doesn’t make sense for a tablet, while other companies have been quite happy to give it a go. The latest is Acer, who unveiled its new Iconia Tab A100 on Friday morning, the first 7-inch to come with Android Honeycomb 3.2.
Not a day goes by without another salacious Apple rumor making the rounds on the internet. This time, a team of analysts from Goldman Sachs are claiming that their sources have all the information about Apple's second-generation iPad next spring that will feature a camera, Mini USB port and a lighter design.