News and rumors of the new iPad featuring a 7″ screen was squashed by Steve Jobs during the press conference on Apple’s Q4 results.
Jobs criticized the 7″ tablet size offered by its competitors saying that it was too small to be a viable product. He said such 7″ are “useless” and “dead on arrival”. Some of his words :
“Just a handful of credible entrants. Almost all use 7″ screen, compared to iPad at nearly 10″ screen. 7″ screen is only 45% as large as iPad’s screen. Hold an iPad in portrait view and draw a horizontal line halfway down. What’s left is a 7″ screen…too small. There are clear limits to how close elements can be on the screen before users can’t touch accurately. We believe 10-inch screen is minimum necessary.”
This effectively kills persistent rumors that Apple was planning on creating a 7″ iPad in the near future.
The below news is the latest rumor that has surfaced now about a thinner iPad.
APPLE Inc may introduce a thinner iPad in the first half of next year with features such as a camera for video-calling and chips made by Qualcomm Inc that let it work on global wireless networks, analysts say, according to a Bloomberg News report.
Production may start as early as January, with an introduction to the public by February or March, said Mike Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets in Toronto.
The device will feature Qualcomm chips that allow a Web connection on both GSM and CDMA networks, the dominant radio standards used in mobile phones, said Brian Blair of Wedge Partners, who said he expects an April debut.
Infineon Technologies AG, whose wireless business is being acquired by Intel Corp., now makes those radio chips for the iPad, Bloomberg said.
The announcement’s timing would put the iPad on an annual cycle of introductions similar to those of iPhones and iPods.
Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer of San Diego-based Qualcomm, declined to comment when asked in a Nov. 16 interview if his company’s chips will be part of new products by Apple. Apple declined to comment, said Ms Natalie Harrison, a spokesman.