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    Quote Originally Posted by skimonkey View Post
    Really, jsh1120- I had no idea that the iPod touch was not selling well!! How do you know all of these things?? You really keep on top of apple tech news-thanks for the informative tidbit! I have been toying with which device to get my mom-the ipad3 or the kindle fire. I have read the posts-but still a difficult decision!! Now with this confirmation-I will have to rethink my decision!
    Not sure there is a confirmation of anything here. I'm just suspecting that IF Apple introduces a seven inch tablet they'll position it as a successor to the iPod Touch rather than as a "mini iPad." Obviously at a $200-$300 price point it would make the Touch an even less appealing device and positioning the new tablet as a successor to the iPod Touch would enable Apple not to have to answer embarrassing questions quoting Steve Jobs comments about how a 7" inch tablet was a non-starter. i.e. "It's not a mini-iPad; it's a new generation iPod Touch!"

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    I hope not...that will totally kill the excitement and exclusiveness for the iPad.

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    Smaller than an iPad, but larger than an iPod.. Will it be be called an iPad mini, or will it be a iPod maxi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsh1120 View Post
    That's certainly an odd way to put it. If the sales of my product were declining by 27% from the previous year, I'd think saying that "sales remained strong" is, at best, inaccurate even if they constitute "over 50%" of the reduced sales.
    I've seen various reports that basically put it in this perspective: MP3 player popularity is going to continue to shrink as more devices (such as phones and tablets) replace dedicated players. Despite that, touch sales have gained as a percentage of iPod sales, so touch sales are doing "well."

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    i was looking for a 7inch tablet for a long time. I was going to settle on a droid but if apple produces one with 3G and GPS then I will buy one without thinking twice. my problem with the current size is that it is too big to carry in a pocket and my iPad pretty much stays home. I do drive a lot and having a gps/tablet is a win win for me.

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    As I see it, most of the folks that are posting ... "sure why not, it would sell" ... are not looking at the cost of manufacuring and distribution, problems with resizing apps for a new display size, and that Apple doesn't sell low cost anything... they don't need to. Marketing different size screens is just the competition scrambling to do something to compete with Apple's outstanding success with iPad. Steve already mentioned that 7" is too small to work with nicely. Apple is already offering iPod Touch for more portability. Look at the iPhone scramble, hyping bigger is better ... maybe, maybe not. But what else can they do but scramble. Look at the adoption of iPad into enterprise ... well over 90%.

    IMHO it will never happen ... doesn't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay View Post
    I've seen various reports that basically put it in this perspective: MP3 player popularity is going to continue to shrink as more devices (such as phones and tablets) replace dedicated players. Despite that, touch sales have gained as a percentage of iPod sales, so touch sales are doing "well."
    I think there's a place waiting for you in marketing at Apple. Better hurry, though, I suspect the iPod Touch is on its last legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhatter61 View Post
    As I see it, most of the folks that are posting ... "sure why not, it would sell" ... are not looking at the cost of manufacuring and distribution, problems with resizing apps for a new display size, and that Apple doesn't sell low cost anything... they don't need to. Marketing different size screens is just the competition scrambling to do something to compete with Apple's outstanding success with iPad. Steve already mentioned that 7" is too small to work with nicely. Apple is already offering iPod Touch for more portability. Look at the iPhone scramble, hyping bigger is better ... maybe, maybe not. But what else can they do but scramble. Look at the adoption of iPad into enterprise ... well over 90%.

    IMHO it will never happen ... doesn't have to.
    I certainly agree that posters often underestimate the effort and investment involved in bringin gout a new product. However, Apple is currently selling a 3.5" iPod Touch with a relatively low resolution screen for $200. And that represents a $30 price drop designed to deal with declining sales. It's a dead product and Apple will need something to take its place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsh1120 View Post
    I think there's a place waiting for you in marketing at Apple. Better hurry, though, I suspect the iPod Touch is on its last legs.
    Lol, I didn't write any of the analysis. I was conveying what analysts have written. I don't care if touch dies a fiery death, lol. I read analyst reports for investment perspective. Some of it is crap; some isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt_90036 View Post
    i was looking for a 7inch tablet for a long time. I was going to settle on a droid but if apple produces one with 3G and GPS then I will buy one without thinking twice. my problem with the current size is that it is too big to carry in a pocket and my iPad pretty much stays home. I do drive a lot and having a gps/tablet is a win win for me.
    Agreed. I'd like a device smaller than iPad, but larger than touch. It can come from Apple, Samsung or whoever, as far as I'm concerned, but I want at least the same level of user friendliness and reliability as Apple has generally delivered. iOS 5 has been two steps forward, one step back, IMO, but it's still better than what else is out there so far, for my uses.

    I'm waiting on the Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5" phone-tablet hybrid. I might switch from iPhone 4S and iPad then, for on the go most days.


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