New Delhi: The buzz in the air has it that Apple has been developing a smaller iPad -- which many have been referring to as the iPad mini.
Last week, a website published images of its own iPad mini mockups and its take on the device is indeed beautiful.
At the moment, the verdict regarding Apple’s iPad mini seems to be fractured with multitudes of people taking the side of both the possibilities: Apple launching mini iPad and the other one being the device not seeing the light of the day.
Those arguing against Apple launching iPad mini use the tech giant’s transcending iconic figure, Steve Jobs to drive home their point. Many say that Jobs didn't like the idea and considered the 10-inch form factor was the "minimum" requirement for tablet apps.
At the archeleon of his career, Jobs in October 2010 said "The 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps. Seven-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad."
However, the bottom line is that Jobs' comments made more than a year and half ago, should not be considered the definitive word on the subject. Just because it didn't make sense then doesn't mean that it doesn't make sense to launch an iPad mini now.
With Google breathing beneath the neck of Apple in terms of worldwide market share of Android-based tablets, from sources it is learnt that the latter is contemplating to make its mark in the Asian market and retain its position through ‘Apple iPad mini’.
First Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 15:10