Originally Posted by screamingfist
"The reason we [won't] make a 7-inch tablet isn't because we don't want to hit that price point, it's because we think the screen is too small to express the software," Jobs said on Monday's quarterly earnings conference call. "As a software driven company we think about the software strategies first."
didn't hurt iphone sales though...
I've also wanted a smaller model (roughly 7"), and complained loudly when Apple came out with a ten inch one instead. However it seems to me now that if I had such a device (Tab sized but Apple design and quality), it would replace my iPhone as well.
At the moment there are things I do on my iPhone, (email, Twitter, Facebook, watching videos or TV, listening to music), that are damned awkward to do on the iPad. Some of them are things that really should *never* be on the iPad IMO. For instance, walking around holding an iPad in your hands with an earplug in listening to music makes you look like a colossal idiot IMO. You can't put it down and you can't put it in your pocket.
So while I hope that someday we will see something like an "iPad pro" that is small, pocketable like the Tab, and basically replaces both the current iPad and the current iPhone in one device, it no longer bothers me that the iPad isn't that device today. I wouldn't give up my iPhone for anything at the moment, or my iPad. and I think the case for the seven inch iPad only makes sense if it would replace both of these devices in one unit.