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Published on Oct 18, 2010
http://www.netbooknews.com Rumors of at 7 inch iPad have been floating around for nearly as long as the iPad has been around. Steve Job him self has stepped in an dismissed the idea he suggested that they'll work fine if they come with sandpaper to file your fingers down to the size needed to make a 7″ tablet usable.
Who would have thought that a Q4 earnings call today would be blessed by CEO Steve Jobs. Just prior to the Q&A portion of the call, Jobs went into a 5-minute rant about the state of both the smartphone and tablet markets. Notably, he went directly after Google and their "open system" and he laughed off the idea that the iPad will have any real competition.
Amazing stuff. Open versus closed, the idea of "open", fragmentation, tablet price points and more. If you wondered what Steve Jobs thinks, this is the phone call to listen to, he's definitely not holding back.
In the Q&A he was asked about the GalaxyTab it got even better which he derided as "tweeners". He harps on their limited app selection, and the conclusion was that these tablets will be "DOA." We'll see, the 7 inch form factor is the perfect blend of screen size and portability. The lack of Apps will be taken care of once Gingerbread is released and Google's Marketplace
This five minute monologue is below, if you listen closely you'll be able to hear the slowly declining sales. Next year is when things are going to get interesting, the 2nd generation iPad will come to market right when everyone else is releasing their first tablet. Head start yes, winning product, I'm doubtful.