NEW YORK (
) -- With rumors continuing to persist about an
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"iPad Mini," it appears that demand for such a device may not be there.
Of the 1,049 readers who voted in a
, just 32.12%, or 337 of respondents voted, "Yes -- I'll buy anything Apple related."
There may be some hope, however, if Apple is able to make a 7.85-inch tablet, and not compromise on the user experience. More than 35% of voters said they might purchase a smaller iPad, but they would need to see it first. Rumors of a smaller iPad have
persisted for months,
and have grown stronger in recent days, as Apple gets set to sell its latest tablet on Friday.
Nearly a third of those who participated in the poll, 32.79%, agreed with former CEO Steve Jobs that a 7-inch tablet was "dead on arrival." Jobs once said during a 2010 earnings call that he didn't think the size was right for the software. "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."
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Barnes & Noble
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have shown that there is a demand for 7-inch tablets, but at significantly lower price points. Both Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook are priced far lower than the iPad, but offer less features. Apple recently cut the price of its iPad 2 to $399, as it introduced a
new iPad last week.
Apple shares are surging in afternoon action, rising 4.4% to $593.17 at last check. The session's peak of $594.73 is yet another all-time high for the stock, which has soared more than 40% since the start of the year.
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Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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