(Updated to include comments from Samsung executive in the sixth paragraph).
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
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. Even 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