Originally Posted by Bregalad
His assertion is wrong. A 6" screen is plenty big to provide a richer user experience than the iPhone offers.
I remain convinced that Apple knows there's a huge untapped market out there, but in typical Apple style they are moving slowly and want to establish themselves in the full size tablet market before tackling the note pad market.
Until then my money is staying in my pocket.
"Plenty" is pretty open to opinion. My guess is that Apple is aware that a somewhat larger screen can afford a somewhat less cramped experience, but that the tradeoffs don't make sense until you get to a screen size that can handle "real" apps.
For instance, Barebones has just announced an iPad companion version of Yojimbo
, its free-form info data base.
Here's a screenshot:
Imagine trying to shoehorn all that into half the space. Yes, you could redesign to that particular size, but why? The iPad is sized to be ultra portable while being big enough to use as a laptop replacement (yes I know there are OS and ergonomic issues still, but they're not due to insufficient screen space). The iPhone is sized to be pocketable. Between those two you get the worst of both worlds, IMO.
I think people got so pleased with themselves for chanting "It's just a big iPod Touch" that they started to actually believe that the iPad just basically scales up Touch UI elements and apps, and if that were the case the argument for a 7" device might make some sense. What works on a Touch works easier on 7", right?
But of course the iPad isn't that, as the Yojimbo page should make clear. Devs are targeting the iPad for what it can do and how it can do it. A 7" device is an entirely different thing, obliging entirely different UI and functionality decisions. You basically get the choice of remaking your pocketable apps but bigger, or trying to shoehorn iPad sized apps into the limited screen space by shearing off bits.
That's what he's talking about, and the fact that Touch sized apps work fine on the Touch has absolutely no bearing on Jobs' observations regarding the usability of a 7" tablet,. He is clearly referencing the kind of utility achievable on a near 10" screen while making a clear demarcation between that and phone sized functionality.