Apple readying a 7-inch iPad?

Apple readying a 7-inch iPad?
Apple is once again said to be getting a 7-inch version of its iPad ready for release, despite Steve Jobs early comments about the impractical form factor. This time the source of the rumor is Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheli saying Cupertino is preparing to tablets for launch soon.

Now, we’d definitely take this with a grain of salt - it’d actually go against Apple’s own principles, and we find it hard to believe that Apple will suddenly change its opinion about smaller tablets, but it’s nonetheless possible.

Now, Gottheli specifies that the 7-inch tablet won’t arrive at the same event as the third-generation 9.7-inch iPad, and that it’s also likely to come with a tailor-made keyboard case as an accessory.

"I believe that's always been in the plan" Gottheil said despite Jobs’ vision of 7-inch tablets being too small. "Actually that's a good form factor for some users, and although they will also charge a premium above other similar-sized tablets, they want to protect that price flank."

Now, what’s your take on this, possible or not?


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22 Comments

1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

it was Jobs vision that the ipad would be to small not cook's, not favoring apple at all (i hate apple actually) just stating a fact

12. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think what kills any intelligent comment is this idiotic need to point out that you hate a company. Nothing about your comment said that you favored or disliked Apple. It was an excellent point without the stupid disclaimer. At any rate, I think everyone should understand that as much as Apple honors the memory and leadership of Steve Jobs, the ship has a new captain. We can see a few changes already in marketing and even with how the company is presented publicly. This is the Cook Era. The Jobs Era is over...

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that is quite true. However plans are made a few years in advance, so the jobs era isnt going to be completely over just yet. Its less of a hard devision between one leader and the next, and more of a fade in/out. Most of what apple is currently doing techwise was more than likely planned like 2 years ago, like most companies. The road maps cant change that drastically even with a new leader. But, in the end, the ony one who knows is Cook.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If true, how far along are they? These things are in the pipeline LONG before a prototype pops out. Unless this is still in the idea phase, I doubt it's true. Steve Jobs stated that a 7-inch tablet was a non-starter, and his pride would never allow him to reverse course so publicly. This could only be Tim Cook's baby, and if it is, it's at least a year off.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i think i will be an analyst, i also am fully capable of creating baseless rumors centered around a device that solely exists in my imagination. lets try it now. according to analyst squallz506, apple is readying a tablet that is powered by plutonium 238 similar to the power source in the NASA mars rover curiosity. hows that?

4. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Ha ha haaa, You are so funny man. Better you file a patent application for this plutonium 238 cell battery. Because apple already has filed a patent application for fuel cell. And in future if apple use any kind of nuclear cell you can sue them in the court.

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

lol nuclear battery thats really encouraging to buy apple xD watch out its worse than antenna gate its worse than battery gate its nuclear gate! you heat your phone up to much your all dead! and that really would make your radiation level go sky high

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Steve Jobs did vow to go nuclear to destroy Android. This is just his dream coming to fruition. Since twice as many people (and growing) choose Android as iOS, his only option was to wipe out 2/3 of the population in a nuclear holocaust.

19. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Sure the user might get a few radiation burns on their face and hands but that will be a new feature for Apple. When it heats up do to reception issues it will just burn a new whole through the side of the phone to make way for better reception! Ahh and Apple thought of it so it must be good. :) On a side note, If there was a 7" iPad, I think they would sell like hotcakes. Love the size of my BB PlayBook.

5. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

I'll believe it when I see it. I am sure the price will easily be over $400 for their 7 incher. That will make it extremely difficult for me to purchase the 7 in. iPad over the $250 Tegra 3 Asus MeMo 370T. There is no way Apple will come anywhere near that price.

8. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

If people find it more handy, than they will double the price to squeeze the pennies out of anyone. People will still buy it.

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i totes forgots abouts the asus memo 370t. that tab just might be my first tab and my first asus product if it can pull through. tegra 3 and 1gb ram on a 7inch 1280*800 IPS display shipping with ICS. FOR $250!!!

22. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

why would people buy a porsches, mercedez, lexus, bmw etc when they can buy kia, dodge, chevy, ford??? cuz some people just want a quality product that wont lose its value in a year. They also feel better owning one.

7. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

A 7" Ipad will create competition between the two models, Apple won't take that risk but it could be posible who knows......!!!

10. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

This isn't gong to happen so don't even think of a 7 inch tablet from apple

11. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

yea Apples not that stupid, the less options they give the better for them

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

What what what??? A 7 inch tablet???? This changes everything again o.m.g!!

16. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Don't samsung have a patent on the 7" size? Does this mean apple is stealing from Samsung (by apple's own way of interpreting things)?

17. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Apple is currently and in the past offered a limited selection of devices by size... ipod nano (and that mini one without a screen) Current Iphone 3/4 varients Though with their current marketshare the only reason why they would offer 7" is due to the Kindle Fire success. As for roadmaps etc... I think apple could whip up a 7" pretty quickly if they needed/wanted to. The question comes down to... Does apple think the Kindle Fire is a threat?

20. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Kindle a threat? My thinking exactly. Someone proved they can sell a successful 7" tab. Now Apple wants a piece...

18. cvillaf1

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Seeing how the market is growing for the 7 inch pads…Sure 7 inchers are very comfortable and they are easier to take along when you compare to a 10 incher. Apple apparently wants a piece of the cake but what will we see…another stale pad, No efforts to make it look better, obligate you to buy apps from them. Don’t get me wrong…Apple is good but these are some features that have people turning heads and choosing ANDROID. printernetandmore.blogspot.com

21. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Bleh taking this with a grain of salt

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