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Former CEO Steve Jobs' feelings on the 7-inch form factor are well documented. On a 2010 earnings call, Jobs said, "One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a 10-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. ... The reason we [won't] make a 7-inch tablet isn't because we don't want to hit [a lower] price point, it's because we think the screen is too small to express the software."
Yet the rumors of a 7-inch iPad continue to swirl, this time
DigiTimes suggesting Apple may launch a 7.85-inch iPad with a slim bezel display, which would allow the tech giant to increase the tablet's viewing area.
Amazon(AMZN - Get Report) and
Barnes & Noble(BKS - Get Report) have demonstrated there is a market for 7-inch tablets, and a slim bezel display might allow Apple to assuage the concerns about a small screen.
There has been chatter that a smaller iPad would likely cost between $249 and $299. Apple cut the price of the iPad 2 to $399 when they announced the new version of the tablet last week.
Samsung believes Apple could make a smaller tablet. Speaking with
The Korean Times, an anonymous executive from the South Korean company said Apple may expand its parts purchases from the company, due to a new iPad Mini. "The contract [with Samsung] is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung's faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,'' the executive said.
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Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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