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Apple has had 7-inch iPad for some time, report claims

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri October 8, 2010

Company deliberately chose larger version

A 7-inch iPad has actually existed for some time at Apple, says The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. The writer, known to have inside contacts at the company, says that a 7-inch model was developed at the same time as the 9.7-inch one currently on sale. It's uncertain why Apple ultimately picked the larger display option.

Some possible reasons may have included avoiding closer comparison with the iPhone and iPod touch, catering to magazines and newspapers, or attempting to compete with netbooks. A 7-inch tablet would have its own advantages however, namely compact carrying and a lower weight. Several upcoming iPad rivals will stay under the 9.7-inch mark, including the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.

If reports are accurate, a 7-inch iPad should launch in early 2011. Rumored features include a Retina Display, up to 128GB of storage and a secondary USB port. The latter could be a micro or mini USB connection, or possibly even a second 30-pin dock connector. Adding another 30-pin port would allow people to dock in landscape mode.






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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -29

    Oh I call...


    >>> A 7-inch iPad has actually existed for some time

    Sure it has.

    They realize the 10" doesn't quite do it. They are just trying to play catch-up with the Galaxy Tab.

    If there are such smart people at Apple, why didn't they release both form factors at once and put in a no-brainer camera feature? Oh yeah, have to leave something for the fanbois to "upgrade" with.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Bigger item...

    could yield higher margin when you first launch the product, no?

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Joe Sixpack equates larger with more value

    Low end retailers do the same thing - they sell a big box of laundry detergent and it looks like a great value.

    But actually the concentrate - though smaller - does more loads and is the better value.

    But you have to sell to your customers.

    Apple customers don't want to be confused, they want everything easily explained to them. Pad is not a phone, and never the two will meet.

    But in reality the Galaxy Tab in europe has phone features. Think about it, if you are carrying your tablet everywhere - what is the phone for at that point? The phone would just then be "yet another device".
    You wouldn't use it for apps, not if you have a larger device that plays the same apps, only better and faster.

    At that point your phone would just be like a headset for cell phone calls, and you can buy a headset for your tablet.

    It takes the ability to have some imagination and ability to think ahead into the future, just a tiny bit.

    To see it now - of course you will all see it clearly, in hindsight.

    I don't blame apple one bit. Until the competition forced their hands, they might as well make all the money on the higher end models they can - after all - they have no competition, just yet.

    But when competition arrives, Apple will move. Unfortunately they are giving Android an opening for this holiday season, I imagine Samsung will sell every Galaxy Tab they are able to make.

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