Originally Posted by wizard69
Even with OLEDs and other advances I still see this screen size as being a bit funky. Of course I've yet to see the value in netbooks and have the same problems with tablets in that size.
I agree with you and I've been saying that I expected a 7" screen device.
I based that size on some assumptions about the width of the bezel around that screen and also on assumptions about the CPU/GPU power available, and thus resolution.
So I decided to grab a ruler and cut some paper to 10" diagonal size, with a 16:10 ratio.
It turns out that if the bezel is really thin, as in the iPhone, a 10" diagonal tablet can be hand held comfortably, assuming it's light and thin. It's just on the edge of the comfort zone for my hands (average sized for a male)
I still think a smaller device would be better because a 10.5" diagonal tablet does not fit in a coat pocket. It needs to be around 9" or less.
That this is a touch screen rules out the clamshell "mini Air" netbook some people want to see. However, us "maxi iPod Touch" partisans expecting a 7" device won't get our way either.
Whatever Apple is up to, assuming this information is true, will have some kind of twist. However, I do expect this thing to be very, perhaps shockingly thin.
Oh, and even if Jobs is out of the picture now, I'm sure he had led the development. Apple takes about two years, often longer, to develop products. They've probably had prototypes of this thing since the middle of last year or earlier.