Lots of rumors have been floating around about a 7 inch Apple iPad being in the works. These rumors started circulating right after the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and haven’t stopped since. Many had speculated that a 7-inch iPad – version 2.0 – might actually be in production.
All the rumors can finally be put to rest, as Steve Jobs himself confirmed during Apple’s Q4 earnings conference call that there isn’t going to be a 7-inch iPad.
“We’re not not making a 7-inch tablet because we don’t want to hit a lower price point. We just believe it’s too small to hit the user experience people want. When we make decisions, it’s not about cost, it’s about value when you factor in the software. We’re all about the best products at aggressive prices.”
“This size (7-inch display) isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion. While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”
While it would be prudent to not expect a 7 inch iPad anytime soon, if the 7-inch form factor does become popular following the launch of the Galaxy Tab and the Blackberry Playbook, Apple probably would take a go at that market too.
Steve Jobs has often reversed his stance in the past, case in point: “People don’t read anymore.” followed by the launch of iBooks. No one should be surprised if he does it again.