Steve Jobs Pours Ice Cold Water on Rumours of 7-Inch iPad
Today was a very busy news day for Apple and Apple CEO Steve Jobs in particular, with Apple announcing its fourth quarter results via conference call. Steve Jobs doesn’t usually turn up at these things, but today he did, and he was in the mood to talk. A lot! For starters, he completely squashed the persistent rumour that Apple will soon be releasing a 7-inch iPad, according to AppleInsider.
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: no 7-inch iPad.
“The reason we [won’t] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit that price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software,” said Jobs during the conference call. “As a software driven company we think about the software strategies first.”
“We know developers aren’t going to deal well with these different sizes and they have to change their software every time the screen size changes,” Jobs added. “ When we make decisions on 7-inch tablets it’s not about costs, it’s about the value of the product when you factor in the software… we’re all about making the best products at aggressive prices and that’s what we do, and that’s what we will do with the iPad and iPod.”