or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPad › Rumors of new 7-inch iPad from Apple persist
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Rumors of new 7-inch iPad from Apple persist - Page 2

post #41 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post

how can the fans/followers of such a visionary company be so consistently myopic? there are so many great reasons to have a 7" screen I shouldn't even have to mention any (cheaper starting price, retail sales, lighter, pocketable, WOMEN, CHILDREN, .........). and why is everyone getting all emotional about it anyway, who the f cares!? it's going to have the same resolution, and it's it's not like they're going to discontinue the 9.7" version. and of course they're going to make it lighter! that's what apple does, puts out a solid product, and makes solid improvements. I'm sure carbon fiber isn't too far away. so much whining, not too much reasoning/creativity.

Check out my post at very start of thread. iOS is headed for far more than even 7". You are 100% correct though, people are unbelievably myopic or perhaps blinkered would be closer, when it comes to technology and especially to change.
Use duckduckgo.com with Safari, not Google Search
Been using Apples since 1978 and Macs since 1984
Long on AAPL so biased. Strong advocate for separation of technology and politics on AI.
Reply
Use duckduckgo.com with Safari, not Google Search
Been using Apples since 1978 and Macs since 1984
Long on AAPL so biased. Strong advocate for separation of technology and politics on AI.
Reply
post #42 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by scotty321 View Post

The current iPad is absolutely too heavy to use while laying on your back on a bed/couch and trying to read a book. A smaller and/or lighter iPad would be much appreciated.

And comparing the weight of an iPad to a laptop is a moot point, because you don't lay on your back and try to hold a laptop above you to read something.

You're trying to hold it over your head? Why?I read from the iPad in bed almost every night. I have never thought it was too heavy, and I'm by no means a weightlifter. Maybe because I'm used to reading books, which weight about the same? I don't know -- criticisms like this are puzzling.

Quote:
Originally Posted by antkm1 View Post

type in "iPad too heavy" into a google search and see what comes up.

Huffington Post
PC World
CNet Reviews
Business Insider

There are a lot of people complaining about the weight. Everyone I know who owns one has "mentioned" that it is on the heavy side.

Most people are surprised at the weight when you hand it to them, but that's not the same as it being too heavy. A plastic case would be lighter, but do you really want plastic instead of aluminum?
Please don't be insane.
Reply
Please don't be insane.
Reply
post #43 of 138
If I was making the 7 inch iPad, it would ship it with anti-glare display and some lighting trickery where you can switch it to grey-scale and back. Drop the price to $399 perhaps.
--SHEFFmachine out
Da Bears!
Reply
--SHEFFmachine out
Da Bears!
Reply
post #44 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post

there are so many great reasons to have a 7" screen I shouldn't even have to mention any (cheaper starting price, retail sales, lighter, pocketable, WOMEN, CHILDREN, .........).

So women are weak? How is a 7" tablet easily pocketable? Maybe if I'm wearing cargo shorts, but then it would bounce against my leg constantly. When we go to the Apple store my 4 year old happily goes over to the iPad table picks it up and starts playing Plants vs Zombies. She doesn't seem to be struggling with the weight. Then again, she eats green vegetables and salad. Go figure.
post #45 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by SSquirrel View Post

So women are weak? How is a 7" tablet easily pocketable? Maybe if I'm wearing cargo shorts, but then it would bounce against my leg constantly. When we go to the Apple store my 4 year old happily goes over to the iPad table picks it up and starts playing Plants vs Zombies. She doesn't seem to be struggling with the weight. Then again, she eats green vegetables and salad. Go figure.

Yes women are weak, that's exactly what I said. But if you want to actually get technical, then yes, women are physically weaker then men on average.

p.s. I can't believe you make your kid eat green vegetables and salad, you must be proud of her
post #46 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post

1 - There is not a demand for smaller tablet devices - there is a demand for smaller e-readers. The iPad is NOT in the same category as a kindle or nook. It has created and defined it's own category entirely. "Never, ever forget that."

2 - Since when have sales been inhibited in ANY way, whatsoever?

3 - The low $499 entry point for the iPad shocked (and pleased) everyone. Price is not an issue (see #2, above). Just like Apple "doesn't know how" to make a $500 laptop that isn't a piece of junk, it also "doesn't know how" to make a $250 tablet that isn't a piece of junk.

4 - Don't point out that the real world isn't represented by a bunch of techblog commenters, then go and say that Apple should listen to those same people since they're the ones clamoring for a different sized tablet. Get real. "Joe Consumer" has ALREADY weighed in on the iPad, and he is very, very happy. "NEVER, EVER FORGET THAT."

then people like me will just buy a kindle and apple loses a sale that they otherwise would have. i have used the ipad and its too big and heavy and expensive for ereading and to 'weak' for 'real' work. imo.
post #47 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

Check out my post at very start of thread. iOS is headed for far more than even 7". You are 100% correct though, people are unbelievably myopic or perhaps blinkered would be closer, when it comes to technology and especially to change.

Oh, yes, I enjoyed reading that a lot. I too am chomping at the bit anticipating what apple is going to do with the amazing foundation they are creating. I really want to be able to start my steamer from my iPhone when I get off work and have some rice, fish and veggies ready to eat when I get back. I'm especially excited about the iOS TV possibilities, particularly for the apps. And just to bring it back to the iPad, a smaller form factor would get developers started on an interface that's even more friendly to the longer viewing distance of a TV.
post #48 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post

Yes women are weak, that's exactly what I said. But if you want to actually get technical, then yes, women are physically weaker then men on average.

p.s. I can't believe you make your kid eat green vegetables and salad, you must be proud of her

Yes I'm aware that women tend to have less muscle mass than men, but you had the weight concern right before kids and women, so it looked like you were tying those aspects together.

Usually I don't have to make her. She's almost 5 and her sister is almost 2 1/2. They both love salad (so long as they have ranch) and certain vegetables just disappear. Her sister loves green beans and spinach.
post #49 of 138
I agree the current iPad is too big and heavy. That's why I took mine back and bought an iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4 makes the iPad look obsolete.

I really don't get the iPad at all. It's just a big iPod Touch with no phone, no camera.
post #50 of 138
Speaking of iPads...These guys are giving away a 16GB WiFi iPad everyday until Aug. 25:
http://www.diabetescare.net/flash_article.asp?id=444951
post #51 of 138
This rumor is highly unlikely as Apple asked developers to natively size their applications for the iPad's 9.7" screen. Are they going to ask them to do it again for a 7"? I doubt it.
post #52 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe hs View Post

This could only lead to fragmentation:

480 by 320 iPhones/iPod touches
960 by 640 iPhone
9.7" iPad
7" iPad

Too many devices with different resolutions is not good! Just look at the android market to see that for yourself.


Exactly. I remember my family's first TV! It was about the size of a microwave oven with a Black & White 7" screen, and 13 (count 'em) push-button channels (including channel 1).





Too bad the industry didn't standardize on these little beauties...

.
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
post #53 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by antkm1 View Post

Heck, the Dell Streak is 7.7 oz. and it does just about the same as the iPad.

See, when you come out with nonsense like this, you lose any credibility you might have had.
post #54 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe hs View Post

This could only lead to fragmentation:

480 by 320 iPhones/iPod touches
960 by 640 iPhone
9.7" iPad
7" iPad

Too many devices with different resolutions is not good! Just look at the android market to see that for yourself.

Don't computers, TVs come in different sizes too? Even the Kindle comes in two sizes now. So, why not the iPad? IN fact, there could be several sizes, just like the iPods. The fill specific needs and fucntions. The issue of diferent resolution does not seem to be a problem. Small and very big computers can view the same sites. It is up to the company to include scaling features.

The Macs have those (Check your System Preferences). Even the images seem to be properly proprotioned, The MacBook Pto have twelve (12) variants of these to fit all sorts of WxH ratios, including extended. and did not encounter any funny mirror image effects

Similarly, webstes should be configured to adjust to different sizes. Knowing this, people creating websites must ensure that the images are optimized so that there is not too much degradation in the image rasolution, even with very large screens. Screen image optimization creates such images, and yet the "size" of the image files need not be in M

I tied the iWorks figures creation in the "Numbers", and you can expand or contract the resulting graph images with no effect in quality of the image.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SendMe View Post

The iPad is the perfect size. Why in the world would Apple make something the wrong size? I don't believe this rumor.

Have you ever met a UPS or Fedex messenger,or physicians, researchers with big lab coat pockets, but not as big as what you now call the "perfect" size of the iPad?

There are many potential applications of the iPad. the size must similarly adjust, if not also for convenience of the user.

CGC
post #55 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

I'm not believing this rumour yet either, but not for reasons of the size.

An iPad this size could easily be an "iPad Pro." A tablet for doing work on instead of watching movies and reading magazines. The smaller form factor would be necessary for that.

Depends on what types of "work" you want to accomplish. Many manipulations would benefit from more screen real estate and/or the larger size-- Things like:

-- on-the-spot picture or video editing
-- on-the-spot tele-strating of events
-- collaborative proofing of video post production
-- map kiosks- "You are Here, where do you want to go"
-- orchestra music stand sheet music presentations
-- story boarding, white-boarding, flowcharting
-- tele-conferncing / FaceTime
-- larger work areas for Keynote, Numbers, Pages
-- larger painting, drawing, sketching area
-- larger area and more cameras displayed for remote security application

... to name a few!

.
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
post #56 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Exactly. I remember my family's first TV! It was about the size of a microwave oven with a Black & White 7" screen, and 13 (count 'em) push-button channels (including channel 1).

I remember the TVs with the round picture tubes. What about those plastic magnifier lens?
Please don't be insane.
Reply
Please don't be insane.
Reply
post #57 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post

1 - There is not a demand for smaller tablet devices - there is a demand for smaller e-readers. The iPad is NOT in the same category as a kindle or nook. It has created and defined it's own category entirely. "Never, ever forget that."

2 - Since when have sales been inhibited in ANY way, whatsoever?

3 - The low $499 entry point for the iPad shocked (and pleased) everyone. Price is not an issue (see #2, above). Just like Apple "doesn't know how" to make a $500 laptop that isn't a piece of junk, it also "doesn't know how" to make a $250 tablet that isn't a piece of junk.

4 - Don't point out that the real world isn't represented by a bunch of techblog commenters, then go and say that Apple should listen to those same people since they're the ones clamoring for a different sized tablet. Get real. "Joe Consumer" has ALREADY weighed in on the iPad, and he is very, very happy. "NEVER, EVER FORGET THAT."

Ahahaha.

When Apple ships their 7" iPad, they will probably sell more of them than the 9.7" model in the long run.

Again, you should go read the studies about iPad pricing, who is buying this device, and purchase hesitancy due to pricing.

Historically, the larger and more capacious model has not been the top seller concerning Apple notebooks and iPods. Never, ever forget that.
post #58 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carmissimo View Post


In short the 7" iPad would be no more portable than the current iPad yet be less enjoyable to use. Apple can't even keep up with demand for the 9.7" model so killing that particular set-up would be incredibly dumb. Adding a 7" model would be rather pointless.

Ahh... for portability, the 7" form factor would be about half the size and easily fit in large pockets (cargo pants, cargo shorts, jackets), camera bags, and especially most women's purses!

.
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
post #59 of 138
Work? People actually buy gadgets/toys with work in mind? Really?

I have the current iPad, but I would lay down cash for a 7" iPad in a heartbeat. Not because I need it or because it's lighter(lol), but because I want to.
post #60 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post

1 - There is not a demand for smaller tablet devices - there is a demand for smaller e-readers. The iPad is NOT in the same category as a kindle or nook. It has created and defined it's own category entirely. "Never, ever forget that."

2 - Since when have sales been inhibited in ANY way, whatsoever?

3 - The low $499 entry point for the iPad shocked (and pleased) everyone. Price is not an issue (see #2, above). Just like Apple "doesn't know how" to make a $500 laptop that isn't a piece of junk, it also "doesn't know how" to make a $250 tablet that isn't a piece of junk.

4 - Don't point out that the real world isn't represented by a bunch of techblog commenters, then go and say that Apple should listen to those same people since they're the ones clamoring for a different sized tablet. Get real. "Joe Consumer" has ALREADY weighed in on the iPad, and he is very, very happy. "NEVER, EVER FORGET THAT."

1. Didn't many experts, especially bloggers, claim that there was no market foe the iPad also? Thus, many tech experts predicted it will fail?

I remember TechStud saying that he did not know anyone who woould want an iPad. So, I countered, he must not have many friends.:

For the same reason that you stated, teh iPad is not the same as the Kindle -- because is multifunctional -- then so must the size of the iPad adjust optimally to such multifunctions, as I courntered in prior post.

By the way, where is the survey that indicates there is no demand for it? How can theey even survey more objectively, until the product is already out?

3. The iPod Touch is not a piece of junk either, and cost only $199 entry, with no subsidy from the phone companies. Just like the iPhone, and the iPoad prior to it, the iPad prices will go down. It is called "economy of scale",

And, wheere in the world did people think that 9.7" is the perfect size? For what? I would not mind a larger iPad, also? Others urely may want slightly larger iPad, either for convenience or for some specific applications.

CGC
post #61 of 138
Ah-haaa!
At last... I will be vindicated!

Prior to the introduction of the iPad, I always said it would be the size of a single folded sheet of paper. Just large enough so that people could still "palm" the device in one hand and "touch" with the other.
Hey, I love the iPad, but it actually is too large and (more importantly) heavy for my taste. But that's definitely just my own experience of it.

VENGEANCE IS MINE!!
post #62 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by esummers View Post

I am more inclined to believe a 7" iPad is coming to maybe replace the iPod touch. A 7" model makes sense because if you keep the resolution the same and decrease the size to 7", the user interface elements are about the same size as the iPod Touch.

The Touch as a device that can easily be pocketed fills an important niche. A 7" device would not fit into that niche.

I for one love that I can slip my Touch into my pocket and use it for entertainment purposes during lunch breaks at work. Go up to 7" and now you've got a device that you can't use that way. I don't have any where to securely store such a unit at work and I certainly can't carry it around with me. I work in retail and am on the move all day, not tied down to a desk.

So I'd be considering the 7" iPad in place of the standard version. Myself, I'd rather pay a little more and live with the extra weight to gain a more enjoyable larger screen. Most would.

But a somewhat larger Touch, now that would have some appeal because it would be handy for situations in which neither the 7" or 9.7" iPad would get it done. But the current Touch is not quite perfect. It's fine as a portable gaming machine, is useable, though not ideal, as a reader, good for media consumption, yet pretty awful as a browser or for inputing via a virtual keyboard. Increase the screen size and all of those activities are improved, in the case of browsing, dramatically. Do it just enough and portability doesn't suffer.

A review of Dell's Streak shows how finding the right balance works. The reviewer found that the Streak's 5" screen represents a major improvement over devices with 3.5" screens but didn't think that size offered much of an upgrade on devices with 4.3" screens. It doesn't have to be exactly a 5" device. Maybe the right number is 4.3", 4.6" or whatever. A larger screen is preferable but there are portability concerns that need to be considered. Getting that right is just the sort of detail Apple is famous for getting right.
post #63 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by antkm1 View Post

type in "iPad too heavy" into a google search and see what comes up.

Amazing! 305,000 hits.

But type in "iPad too light" into a google search and see what comes up.

In any event, by the time you remove all the posting prior to April 3rd, duplications, comments or references to the original, or links to links and all the trolls, you end up with a smidgeon of 'real' postings complaining about the weight of the iPad.

Probably about 0.5% of all the actual iPad owners, if any, would be my educated guess. But I would have to read every link to really determine it.
post #64 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Ahh... for portability, the 7" form factor would be about half the size and easily fit in large pockets (cargo pants, cargo shorts, jackets), camera bags, and especially most women's purses!

.

I'm a middle aged guy. So no purse and just plain ordinary garden variety pants. A 7" iPad would not end up being something I could take to work with me considering portable devices are not in use with what I do. So I couldn't bring the device with me, hence for what I want, it's useless.

If you want something to use when puttering around the house, there's the current iPad.

Where does the 7" iPad fit in?
post #65 of 138
Source of Info on this rumor of a 7" IPAD is not reputable. While it may be in the works ,there is no hard support to verify.
post #66 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacTel View Post

This rumor is highly unlikely as Apple asked developers to natively size their applications for the iPad's 9.7" screen. Are they going to ask them to do it again for a 7"? I doubt it.

Speaking for myself and having a number of iPhone developers as colleagues and met at Apple's seminars, there is no question that we would do it again for a 7" iPad. Heck, how about a 6", 5" or even an 11" or a mini-IMAX version.

Resizing apps at this point in time is virtually a no-brainer. Certainly Apple will, as proven before, make it very easy to port one to another just using a magnification button.

Changing the content/functionality is another thing. This gives us another reason to customize our apps to suit particular uses. More important, another revenue opportunity.
post #67 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by SendMe View Post

The iPad is the perfect size. Why in the world would Apple make something the wrong size? I don't believe this rumor.

The iPad is too large, it needs to be a little smaller, and lighter. And maybe a little cheaper!

What works for you might not work for someone else.
post #68 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by SSquirrel View Post

Well documented by who? Apple has been selling every single iPad they make, pretty much as fast as they can make them, ever since release. I've seen other people try and claim this before, but I have yet to see any evidence of it.

The 9.7" display is an inhibitor of the number of iPads Apple can produce.

A 7" display is just a smidgeon over half the size of a 9.7" display - Apple could make a lot more iPads with 7" displays, and still sell them all. It would allow Apple to aggressively take marketshare in the tablet market, which is developing very quickly, and this is probably a priority for Apple.
post #69 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post

Again, you should go read the studies about iPad pricing, who is buying this device, and purchase hesitancy due to pricing.


Do the studies neglect the fact that for every person who thinks it is too expensive, there is another person waving their credit card to buy it? Pricing is just fine as Apple has yet to hit a saturation number for people w/at least $500 in disposable cash who want to buy it. Until they do, lower price just means less money for Apple. When they start actually keeping them well stocked, maybe, but even then they will still likely be doing a brisk business at current prices. You know Apple does the math to figure out if they sell X units at Y dollars, how many would they need to sell at Z price to make the lower price worthwhile.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hattig View Post

The 9.7" display is an inhibitor of the number of iPads Apple can produce.

A 7" display is just a smidgeon over half the size of a 9.7" display - Apple could make a lot more iPads with 7" displays, and still sell them all. It would allow Apple to aggressively take marketshare in the tablet market, which is developing very quickly, and this is probably a priority for Apple.

Ahh but see, you're actually including an argument for why it would be needed, unlike some who just claim pricing is an issue, but provide no proof. Yes, Apple could enlarge the market for the iPad, I don't think I've ever said otherwise. I can see some people preferring a smaller iPad. I wouldn't, but that's me, they can go buy it if they want. Fine by me. My comment you referred to was me disagreeing that current price is inhibiting the sales of the iPad, not screen size.
post #70 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by oodlum View Post

The 7" iPad would have the same 1024x768 resolution as the iPad, just a higher pixel density. There would be no change from a developer point of view.

Personally I think 7" would be the sweet spot. I find the current model cumbersome for reading in bed and can't stand the very visible pixels compared to the iPhone 4. And more RAM please. It's starting to drive me nuts the way a web page has to reload from scratch every time I hit the back button on chunky, ad-heavy sites. Love my iPad but look forward to version 2.


Agreed.

I'm thinking it'll be kind of like when they came out with the 4GB iPhone and then quite quickly removed it as an option and gave 8GB for the same price. I'm awaiting the 7" 512MB iPad. Slightly smaller so fits more readily into jacket pockets, etc., etc. but still larger than the iPhone. If they add a front-facing camera, that'd be appreciated as well.
post #71 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgc0202 View Post

And, wheere in the world did people think that 9.7" is the perfect size? For what? I would not mind a larger iPad, also? Others urely may want slightly, either for convenience or for some specific applications.

CGC

Yes, a BAiT (Big-Assed-iPad-Tablet) would be ideal for some uses:

-- a light table for picture and video editing
-- a drafting / design table
-- a larger drawing/sketching/painting surface
-- a wall-mounted multipurpose TV/Movie/Shop Plans/Recipe display
-- part of a video wall
-- table-top multiplayer games, puzzles,

.
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
- Michael Lille -
Reply
post #72 of 138
If Apple does, in fact, come out with a 7" iPad, then I imagine they'll probably add something to the 9.7" version to differentiate it from it's smaller counterpart. There will have to be more than just a 2.7" difference between the two devices to keep the smaller version from cannibalizing the sales of the larger version. It could potentially be something as simple as more storage (a 64GB version), but each unit will have to have something unique about it other than size.
post #73 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by antkm1 View Post

type in "iPad too heavy" into a google search and see what comes up.

Huffington Post
PC World
CNet Reviews
Business Insider

There are a lot of people complaining about the weight. Everyone I know who owns one has "mentioned" that it is on the heavy side.

Only narrow-minded people like many of the tech bloggers you mendioned would equate size and weight, always come together. Thus, reducing the size must be because we want something lighter. That is stupid.

Examples. "Well made" tripods are way too heavy. They came up with lighter (and yet the same sizes and sometimes even more furable) tripods by using different materials. Even the latest Boeing ariplanes now use a lot of such non-metallic products to make the plane lighter. And so do cars, and all sorts of products.

As to Apple products, did we all forget now about the much hyped liquid metal? Thinner yet as strong (so it would be lighter Apple products if the price is right. But considering the number of iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and all those various Macs nowadays, the economies of scale might just be there.

Projected decrease in profit margin.

There was a very signficant decrease in the projected profit margin of Apple for the coming quarters, in spite of the fact thaat the high profit margin iPhone is an increasing component of the Apple product mix. There are possible reasons for this. Apple may agressively lower its prices (or subsidy from carries) to compete more agressively. Remember how the iPods were priced with respect to the Zune. Another possibility is that Apple may indeed consider the very expensive LiquidMetal, no only for much thinner and lighter but as sturdy products, if used as casings (not just specialty components). They may consider both, but still maintain the price. The use of :LiquidMetal would be a thing of beauty, and maybe the cause of envy among those who hate Apple/Steve Jobs.

Add a front facing camera too, for chat. And there will be a market fot that. One of the features I am waiting for, as far as the iPad is concerned..

More realistically however, if ever Apple would introduce the LiquidMetal in its high end product -- MacAir and perhaps to be followed by the Mac Pro notebooks. A 2-3 pound Apple notebook perhaps, instead of the 5.6 ;ns 13-inch notebook? The iPad, if it is economically feasible, might be under a pound.


Appropriate size follows function


You do not need to sacrifice the size to make something lighter. In science and technology, the size is made smaller or bigger to tailor to a specific function.

CGC
post #74 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacTel View Post

This rumor is highly unlikely as Apple asked developers to natively size their applications for the iPad's 9.7" screen. Are they going to ask them to do it again for a 7"? I doubt it.

And how would you know the dimension (WxH) of a yet non-existent 7" iPad to be able to be so sure that it would be incompatible with the general scaling of the iPhone/iPad Touch to the IPad?

Didn't they just slightly tweak the size of the iPhone 4 (and thus like the iPod Touch" Maybe Apple is thinking an array of iOS products that would be more likely be within the proportionate scaling in their dimensions.


Many were so so sure with a 10" iPad. Then Apple came up with 9.7" And some proclaimed it to be the "perfect size". What happened if Apple came up with 9.5" or 10.2''? Would those who proclaimed 9.7" as the perfect size, consider what could have been other choices, as less than perfect?


If you look at the overall sizes of the iPad vs the iPhone/i{iPod Touch), just at a glance, they are not the same in proportional scale. Because the size differences require other considerations, like the border space.

As important, we are talking about diagonal size here, not a specification of the dimension (WxH). There many dimensional permutations to come up with the same diagonal size.

CGC
post #75 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by esummers View Post

If you read the article, it mentions that the reason for the 7" model is because the current iPad is too heavy. This is the opposite of what most people say about the iPad.

The article does say that and I think that it is a valid point for some but I think a major unstated motive for releasing such a size is the price umbrella.

Smaller iPad size, lower iPad price ... more sales and throwing a bit of a block to lower priced competitors who will release their own smaller/lighter tablets for less ...
post #76 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Exactly. I remember my family's first TV! It was about the size of a microwave oven with a Black & White 7" screen, and 13 (count 'em) push-button channels (including channel 1).





Too bad the industry didn't standardize on these little beauties...

.

Wow and I thought my parents were abusive for making me grow up with a 19" black and white tv.
Crying? No, I am not crying. I am sweating through my eyes.
Reply
Crying? No, I am not crying. I am sweating through my eyes.
Reply
post #77 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgc0202 View Post


If you look at the overall sizes of the iPad vs the iPhone/i{iPod Touch), just at a glance, they are not the same in proportional scale. Because the size differences require other considerations, like the border space.

As important, we are talking about diagonal size here, not a specification of the dimension (WxH). There many dimensional permutations to come up with the same diagonal size.

CGC

You can look at the current iPad, see what proportion of the width and height is border, assume something similar and figure out what the WxH would be in a 4:3 ratio, at least I think that is the ratio for the iPad screen. That would be 7x5.6x4.2.

Here are the figures for the current iPad.

9.7"x7.76"x5.82" Screen

9.56x7.47 iPad

1.8"x1.65" Extra size beyond screen


Comparing the screen sizes, we see:

9.7" 438.08 in^3
7" 164.64 in^3

2.66x the size of the 7"

Divide the extra size from above by 2.66 and you get reductions of:
.68
.62

1.8-.68 and 1.65-.62 added onto the 7x5.6x4.2 dimensions above gives you a total 7" iPad size of 6.62x5.23 instead of 9.56*7.47. This is significantly smaller and, as we can see, predictable if they follow similar bezel margins.
post #78 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post

I agree the current iPad is too big and heavy. That's why I took mine back and bought an iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4 makes the iPad look obsolete.

I really don't get the iPad at all. It's just a big iPod Touch with no phone, no camera.

We're all sorry for you that you don't get the iPad but whether or not the device has a place in the market is no longer a point of debate.

Besides, describing the iPad as just a big iPod Touch is like wondering what the point is of a 50" HDTV when, after all, isn't it just a big TV. That doesn't stop consumers from regarding the 50" HDTV as a different product than a 19" portable.

When Apple itself made note of the fact that the iPad, right out of the gate, runs apps designed for the Touch, I find it rather amusing that some folks think they're displaying remarkable powers of observation by noting there are similarities between the two products. No kidding. Two touchscreen devices that run the same apps. Thank God there are observant folks among us to connect those dots for the rest of us.

By the way, how long did it take you to figure out the iPad makes a lousy smartphone.
post #79 of 138
as long as they keep the big screen i don't care. I'd rather see gen 2 be 16:9 screens rather than 7" though...
Late 2008 Unibody MacBook
32GB iPad Wifi+3G
16GB iPhone
Reply
Late 2008 Unibody MacBook
32GB iPad Wifi+3G
16GB iPhone
Reply
post #80 of 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carmissimo View Post

We're all sorry for you that you don't get the iPad but whether or not the device has a place in the market is no longer a point of debate.

Funny how 3M+ sales makes a spot for something isn't it?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carmissimo View Post

By the way, how long did it take you to figure out the iPad makes a lousy smartphone.

The iPad would make an awesome conference call unit tho.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: iPad
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPad › Rumors of new 7-inch iPad from Apple persist