Originally Posted by wuchmee
The mere existence of nascent publishing apps meant for the current iPad (expressly or not) -- Wired, Popular Science, Time, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, ComiXology, Conde Nast magazines, etc. -- is exactly the reason why the existing form factor is not going away.
Who said it was going away? More so there is more to iPad than magazines. A 7 inch class iPad would be successful even if magazines never came to the device.
Jeez, everyone, get a grip. Publishers of larger format books and magazines will NEVER exclusively embrace a smaller form factor.
Excusively - of course not. But they will have to enbrace future devices with different resolutions and possibly screen size.
Why do you think Apple made the rounds of the publishing industry years before the iPad's introduction? To gauge size desirability, among a myriad of things. Give up precious real estate for a degraded reading experience? Please.
You seem to be implying that I devices are simply all about publishing of magazines. That is an obvious mistake. Besides like iPhone and iPad tailored apps are just as possible on a 7" class device. In fact for some of the apps I imagine the primary place to run the apps would be on a 7" class device.
I probably wouldn't read many magazines on such a sized device but then again I don't do that on my iPhone. Just as different types of sailing requires different types of boats so do users of iOS device require different sized Pads.
A 7" iPad strikes directly at the Kindle and the like, pure and simple. That'll be its reason for existence.
Actually no! Such an iPad would allow for far greater professional use. The important feature here is again apps, something Kindle doesn't have.
Such an iPad would make a good book reader but it is not a replacement nor even a direct competitor to the Kindle.
People may or may not be more willing to carry around a 7" iPad, but apps that shine on the 9.7" iPad will not appear as desirable,
And who really gives a flying frack about that???? Seriosly you guys dredge up some of the worst arguements going. I have plenty of iPhone apps that are more or less useless on an iPad, that does not imply that one is better than the other.
RetinaDisplay or no RetinaDisplay. Apple will undoubtedly do what it does in a successful line - tier the product offerings. That means, eventually, an even larger iPad than 9.7" That's right, larger. And there will a market for it. Believe it.
I can't dismiss that but the demand isn't there like we see for a 7" class device. The fact remains iPad is pretty big for professional use. That is in a lab coat pocket or carried about like a Day Timer from the last century.
Do you really think Apple would abandon a tablet size they pioneered, and allow competitors to take over that piece of the market? (And you better believe they're coming, especially in a green-tinged flavor.)
Of course not but why should Apple give up the smaller device market? That is what makes listening to your position so difficult. You see the Tablet market as a one product size market, but that is seldom sustainable simple because of differing needs. Just go to a good hardware store and look at the hammers to be had.
Who the heck is Brian White anyway? One trip to Taiwan doesn't mean a damn thing.
You don't need to take a trip to realize that Apple will eventually offer iPad in different sizes. They will do so for the same resons iMacs and laptops come in different sizes. To keep custoners happy.