Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
I think I'd trust the guy who said it himself rather than someone else claiming something about him.
You think that he's going to lie In a private internal email over something that Jobs could easily dispute? Right.
No, it hasn't. If you want to keep pretending that he was lying for "marketing" purposes, feel free.
If you want to pretend that Jobs didn't change his mind a lot based on what he learned, feel free. You have a mighty low opinion of Jobs though, and one disputed by folks that actually knew him.
All accounts indicate that the moment that Steve had information that lead to a different conclusion he fearlessly adopted it even if it was 180 degrees opposite of what he believed before.
If you want to pretend Apple didn't do all the testing imaginable when making the iPad to know one way or another, feel free. Now that they're supposedly trying to sell one, we still have them on record saying "this size of tablet is worthless for content; they're just inherently bad", so wait for the spin toward that the other way.
And we have Steve on record stating that no one reads anymore and yet we have iBooks. I find it humorous that you trust Apple's usability testing when Steve says 7" android tablets will suck but don't trust Apple's HIG that states that 44x44 points is a sufficiently large UI target size for the expected iPad Mini display density.
Pretty much all of Steve's negatives are addressed in the expected mini design.
"the screens on the seven-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad display. This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion."
The 4:3 iPad mini display is 7.85" and larger than the 16:9 7" tablets. It is the same 1024x768 resolution as the iPad.
"Well, one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference. It is meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size."
The expected iPad mini pixel density is identical to that of the iPhone and UI targets designed for 44x44 points will be the same size on the iPad Mini and the iPhone. No sandpaper required. They are not 1/4 the size as on the iPad. UI's rendered on the iPad are only 19% larger than the same UI rendered on the iPad Mini.
"Third, every tablet user is also a smartphone user...Given that all tablet users will already have a smartphone in their pockets, giving up precious display area to fit a tablet in our pockets is clearly the wrong trade-off. The 7-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad."
At 1024x768 there is no tradeoff in usable display area. UI elements and interaction targets will be smaller BUT STILL MEET APPLE HIG REQUIREMENTS. If they did not then they would also be too small on the iPhone.
While the mini will not be as portable as the iPhone it will be much more portable than the iPad.
"Fourth, almost all of these new tablets use Android software, but even Google is telling the tablet manufacturers not to use their current release, Froyo, for tablets, and to wait for a special tablet release next year. "
Not Android. Not a problem.
"Fifth, iPad now has over 35,000 apps on the App Store. This new crop of tablets will have near zero."
The iPad Mini will have the same number of apps on the App Store as the iPad 2. The same as the iPad 3 if it is retina.
And sixth and last, our potential competitors are having a tough time coming close to iPad's pricing, even with their far smaller, far less expensive screens.
The iPad mini will be cheaper than the iPad.
Where was one that I missed?
Given that you haven't addressed any of the ones presented in this thread then all of them.