Steve Jobs kills the 7" iPad, because bigger is better
Assuming Steve Jobs wasn't trying to throw reporters and competitors off the scent, then Apple has just killed off all rumours of a 7" iPad being developed by Apple.
During Apple's quarterly financial results conference call tonight, Jobs launched into an unprompted rant about Google and its fragmented operating system, before moving on to make a string of statements about the iPad and its competitors:
• the new 7" tablets that are being released have 45% less screen size than the iPad's screen
• According to Jobs, Google has warned manufacturers of Android-based tablets not to use the 2.2 Froyo OS on their products, instead insisting they wait for Google to release a dedicated tablet OS
• Jobs dismissed 7" tablets as 'tweens' - too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad
• Apple has tested functionality on on a variety of different sized tablet screens, and Jobs stated in no uncertain terms that 'a 10" screen is the minimum size a tablet can be' to ensure software remains effective
If there was any doubt, Jobs made it explicitly clear during the following Q&A with journalists:
"The reason we're not making a 7" inch tablet, is because we think it's too small to express the software."
And so it seems certain that Apple will not develop a 7" iPad. Will that let the likes of Samsung own the tablet market?