Apple may be planning to release an iPad mini, for when your flow is extra light.
But seriously, according to reports from several Asian countries, Apple has ordered a significant amount of 7.86 inch Samsung screens, two-thirds the size of the iPad we know and love.
The smaller item would likely be successful competition against the Kindle Fire in all it’s book-reading, movie-watching glory, with a price more in the $300 dollar range, rather than $560. In late 2010 Steve Jobs shot down the idea of a device larger than an iPod Touch and smaller than an iPad, saying that apps could be greatly limited by a screen that size:
“The 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps. Seven-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad.”
“Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small, and increase the size next year, thereby abandoning both customers and developers who jumped on the seven-inch bandwagon with an orphan product.”
I hope this does happen. I can get one and put it in the purse I don’t carry.