According to recently-revealed internal emails from 2011 between the big bods at Apple, Steve Jobs didn't entirely hate the idea of a tablet smaller than an iPad.
Back in 2010, Steve Jobs made a number of comments against the idea of a 7in tablet. He said the "size isn't sufficient" to make good tablet apps, and joked about users needing to file down their fingers to make accurate prods on the screen, during the October investor call. But did his heart start to soften to the idea?
An email discussion between Apple bigwigs Eddy Cue, current CEO Tim Cook, Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller has been revealed as part of the court case between Samsung and Apple. In it, Cue writes that he thinks Apple should produce a 7in tablet, and went as far as to say that Steve Jobs was "very receptive" to the idea. Just three months after taking the Mickey out of rival 7-inchers, was Jobs's anti-7in stand not the real deal, but rather just a way to support the iPad?
If recent rumours are true, Apple does indeed have plans to bring a smaller version of the iPad to market soon. It could get the grand unveiling as soon as September 12, when a product launch event for the iPhone 5 will reportedly be held.
Digging a little deeper into the rumour goop, the iPad mini is expected to use a 7.85in screen, and a 1,024 x 768 resolution - the same as the iPad 2. Theoretically, this will let the tablet run existing iPad apps with ease.
via Know Your Mobile