Jim Dalrymple writing in The Loop blog has a story today stating unequivocally that the many reports that Apple has plans to release a 7-inch iPad in the near future are completely wrong. And why is Dalrymple so confident about stating this? Because he says that Apple has already developed a 7-inch iPad, but decided to release the 9.7-inch iPad instead. According to Dalrymple, Apple actually developed both devices at the same time, with basically the same specs, but when the time came to decide which model to release, the 7-inch model was discarded in favour of the 9.7-inch version that we know and love today.
Exactly why Apple decided not to release the smaller tablet is still not known for sure, with Dalrymple venturing that maybe Apple didn’t want to invite further comparison between the fledgling tablet and the iPhone and iPod touch. And the fact that Apple decided not to release the smaller tablet at the time surely makes it very unlikely they’ll be releasing one any time soon, if ever, with Dalrymple pointing out that Apple already has one of the best-selling devices in history with the current iPad, so why would they want to release a smaller version when they already dominate the market?
Source: The Loop Via AppleInsider