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 doesnâ€™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.
â€œThe reason we [wonâ€™t] make a 7-inch tablet isnâ€™t because we donâ€™t want to hit that price point, itâ€™s because we think the screen is too small to express the software,â€ said Jobs during the conference call. â€œAs a software driven company we think about the software strategies first.â€
â€œWe know developers arenâ€™t going to deal well with these different sizes and they have to change their software every time the screen size changes,â€ Jobs added. â€œ When we make decisions on 7-inch tablets itâ€™s not about costs, itâ€™s about the value of the product when you factor in the softwareâ€¦ weâ€™re all about making the best products at aggressive prices and thatâ€™s what we do, and thatâ€™s what we will do with the iPad and iPod.â€
So there you have it, straight from the horseâ€™s mouth: no 7-inch iPad.