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  Just had my nephew visiting and he's all of six yet he absolutely loved using my iPad 2. No complaints about the screen being too big for him to handle and given the choice between the iPad and a Touch, he much prefers the iPad. The iPad is a much better gaming device than smaller products and because of the bigger screen easier for children to master. As well, getting two people gaming at the same time on one device is an option with the iPad and impossible, really,...
  Every activity that you perform on an iPad would be adversely affected by using a smaller screen. Watching movies. Much worse. Reading. Defintely worse. Gaming. For sure not as enjoyable and developers would be more restricted with what they can do on a smaller screen. Browsing. Are you kidding me. Name any app and without question, having more screen to work with is a good thing. Pick up an iPad and in terms of screen real estate I can't imagine anyone finding that the...
The iPod will get a 4-inch screen ala the next iPhone and that will likely be as close to an iPad Mini as we're gong to get. Looking at it from Apple's perspective, what's the point of having a 7-inch iPad. The 10-inch iPad has positively decimated the 7-inch competitors out there and there is already a pocketable device in Apple's product mix that would be more or less fitting in at around the same price as this rumoured 7-inch iPad. The best aspect of carrying the...
The reason why those other devices we unveiled so soon before becoming widely available is that Apple needed to apply for FCC approval for such devices well in advance since they employed communications technology requiring FCC approval. Being as the iPhone, for example, would have to have been run past the FCC long before it could go on sale, why conceal details about the product. It was going to be public knowledge well ahead of launch whether or not Apple wanted that...
What savings? You still have many of the same components and cost and I can't imagine Apple opting for a resolution below what is now used on the iPad 2. As such, the price difference between the screen used on the iPad 2 and what would be used on the 7-inch iPad would not result in $100 less cost for Apple. Keep in mind that what matters from Apple's perspective is, what does it cost to produce the iPad 2 and what does it cost to produce the rumoured 7-inch device. The...
Let's start by considering price point. The IPad 2 starts at $399 US. The Touch runs from $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. This mini iPad, one could speculate, would wind up at something like $349 for 16GB. While one can easily get away with 8GB on a 3.5-inch Touch, it's inadequate for an 8-inch tablet. So you're a consumer and you have your choice between a $349 8-inch iPad or for $399 you can have the 10-inch version. The first thing you're going to do is...
There comes a point where a device can be too small. It's not automatically a good thing for a device to become so small that really it's meant for a species other than humans. The last time I checked, humans made up the bulk of Apple's customer base. Up to a certain point, it's not a bad thing that a device is substantial enough to be more enjoyable to use, not less. Aesthetics are but a small piece of this puzzle.
Don't take this the wrong way but are you one of the little people? I'm just trying to imagine just how small your pockets are considering the current iPhone pushes right up to the limit of what you can fit in them.To put this in perspective, increasing the screen to around the 4-inch range would involve increasing the height and width by less than a quarter of an inch. That would be immaterial in regards to how this device would feel in the hand and what pockets it would...
Apple will not change the aspect ratio. There is too much software out there designed for the existing ratio. What is interesting, though, is that if the IPhone gets a bigger screen, the companion Touch will, too. If that happens, forget about a 7-inch iPad. Making a larger Touch, even just slightly larger, renders the smaller IPad pointless. For Apple there is more profit to be had from using similar tech in both its smartphone and its pocket computer. Far less effort to...
  The problem is that a 7-inch screen is bad for consumption compared to a 10-inch device like the current iPad. The 10-incher is just adequate for watching video so if you go significantly smaller, watching video is far less enjoyable. Reading is better served by a larger screen. Playing games is better served by a larger screen.    There is only a few downsides to the bigger screen. It is too large to slip into an average-sized pocket and can get a little heavy to haul...
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