Originally Posted by DocNo42
Probably because it's an ideal size? Big enough from the iPhone/iPod touch to be distinctive, but not so big as to be unwieldily?
This is an entirely odd statement and demonstrates a lack of understanding. A tablet by its very nature is distinctive with respect to IPhone because iPhone is a PHONE! It takes a pretty corrupt imagination to believe that people can't see the difference between a 5 or 7 inch tablet device and a cell phone.
I don't get the "demand" for a 7" tablet. Even at 7" its still too big to put in a pocket, and not that much smaller than a 10".
I've repeatedly have suggested that people wander out of their cellars and hike over to the localelectronics shop and look at the variety of GPS unit available. Many of the under 7 inch models do fit into pockets. Beyound that you can get a feel for how such devices would function in real portable use.
The other option is to find a book store, if you know what a book is, and look at the variety of sizes available in such a store. Sometime the same book is available in different size from a compact paperback to a nicely bound hardcover. Why because people have different needs. One of those needs is portability.
Beyound that the aspect ratio is all wrong for smaller devices, a wider device would fit into far more pockets. IPad in its current configuration isn't bad but it is far from the perfect device some in these forums want to believe it is. That is due to the fact that one size seldom fits all. One of iPads biggest issues is its size, it simply isn't the portable device many need.
I don't expect a 7" any time soon, if ever. If 7" tablets take off on other platforms, I could see Apple maybe doing it - but it offers another layer of complexity from hardware supply side management to software questions of handling another resolution that I don't see Apple in any hurry to address.
I will give you another thought. In order to sustain Apples very high stock price they have no choice but to add more products. That means devices outside of the categories they have now, but more importantly they will need to fill gaps in the product line ups. Gaps that are often due to demand from customers. Filling these holes is a no brainer, what is more interesting is to see where Apple goes outside of its current devices.
By the way when I say 7 inches in my posts, I'm talking about a device in the 5 to 7 inch range. The whole point in such a device is the ability to keep it on your person throughout the work day. That might mean a lab coat pocket or carried like a Day Timer in ones hand. I know a lot of people can't grasp the demand here because they are coming from a different perspective as the casual user. Rather differently this could be seen as a tool for the professional user.
In this regards a bigger iPhone might pick up some of that demand but there is no making up for screen real estate. IPad of course has plenty but it is also huge. About the only other possibility would be a folding screen device to fit in even smaller pockets.