Steve Jobs Calls 7-Inch Tablets ‘Dead on Arrival’, Says 10-Inches Minimum
Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at today’s financial results conference call for Apple’s Q4 2010 results. Jobs commented on a range of topics including the fragmentation seen on Android as compared to the iPhone.
Commenting on avalanche of tablets heading to market. Just a handful of credible entrants. Almost all use 7″ screen, compared to iPad at nearly 10″ screen. 7″ screen is only 45% as large as iPad’s screen. Hold an iPad in portrait view and draw a horizontal line halfway down. What’s left is a 7″ screen…too small. There are clear limits to how close elements can be on the screen before users can’t touch accurately. We believe 10-inch screen is minimum necessary.
This effectively kills persistent rumors that Apple was planning on creating a 7″ iPad in the near future. Apple has been known to experiment with different form factors and has even been suspected of creating multiple prototypes to throw off competitors.
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