Originally Posted by Carmissimo
The only advantage the 7" model could have is that it would be lighter. But if Apple can engineer out some weight from the current iPad, that would make more sense. Also, up the ante in terms of resolution and you've got a tough-to-beat product.
Replace the Touch with a device that sports a 5" screen if there is concern over offering a more portable device. Then at least you've got something pocketable.
I think the 7" iPad makes perfect sense
At the moment the 10" iPad is a run-away success, but there is a large gap between the 3.5" iPod & iPhone, and the 10" iPad
- this allows competitors to jump in here, and offer something a bit different from Apple, treading the middle ground, so to speak.
- a competitor to iPad would have a difficult job to be much better at 10" (apart from adding cameras), but at 7" there is a 'gap'
So, if Apple plugs this gap with their own 7" device, they kill-off (most of) the competition in this area
- as any competitor would then be offering a similar product, but without the brand-recognition, & iOS & App store etc.
- so, even though the iPad is doing really well, the sooner Apple plugs this gap the better, to stop others getting established, and to stop Apple being seen as a 'follower' in this mid-size tablet area.
To the customer, the advantages of a 7" device, are that it would be quite a bit smaller & lighter, a little cheaper, holdable in one hand, and can fit in a not-too-large pocket.
The larger screen than the 3.5" devices would allow for a lot more interesting apps, without the incongruousness of the 10" device. (e.g. a more convenient size for Games & Media than the 10")