Originally Posted by hmurchison
There are always reasons for having multiple sizes.
I never agreed with Steve about 7" tablets. I had no issue with the 7" form factor other than it's very poor in a 16x9 configuration.
The problem with small screens has be solved with the iPhone. Pinch to Zoom,Reader, Pop overs and more UI elements. The problem with the lack of the physical keyboard has been helped by Siri.
I chatted with a Doctor once that said he went into an Apple store with a lab coat on to see if the iPad fit in his coat. It didn't.
I'm not saying this has to be a $200 product but it would make hay at $299.
The reason why this rumor keeps cropping up because it's basic business. The iPad doesn't need to be cheap but it down need to go downmarket a bit.
Apple takes a 30% cut on all paid products on the iTunes store. Increasing the size of overall pie is desirous.
It would take a fool to think Apple is not "EXPLORING" the idea of taking on the smaller tablet market.... But Im sure even some of these protoypes which have made their way into the hands of loose-lipped bozos are from before the real iPad era... Apple made it clear they toyed with dozens of form factors and screen sizes before settling on the ideal size, iPad....
You have to remember that most tech journalists are full blown hardware and software geeks who fantasize about specs and features that the mainstream couldnt care less about such as SD card slots and 28 USB ports around the rim or HDMI...
So the fantasy of the 7" tablet is a tech geek's wet dream!
What else do these geeks LUST after that Apple only cares to accessorize?
Lets see shall we....
These geeks have the mentality that if it can be done, if it can fit, and if it can be used by even one person then it should be included.... That is bologna!!!!!
Id bet that between 80-90% of users will never use an SD card slot-Im one of them
Id bet that the same 80-90% would never spend their time bragging to their friend about how much RAM is in the device or how fast the processor is and how it translates to cycles per second measured in the billions.... (GHz),
Id bet again, 80-90% of folks wont ever hook up their iPad to their TV with HDMI... Dont beleive me? How many people do you know that owns a computer or laptop? How many of those people insist on or make habits of plunging their computer into their TV?
What about USB ports???
Well, what do you use USB ports for?
A mouse?-CHECK, Apple iDevices use touchscreens (shut up, u know i dont mean iMacs)
A keyboard?-Check! software keyboards work GREAT!!!
Specialty devices? YEAH! MAYBE 5-20% of users need specialty devices.... So buy the USB adatper...
you get my drift?