The Case For 7-Inch Tablets

Last week the rumour mills and tech blogs were bustling last week about the possibility of a 7-inch iPad, potentially called the iPad Mini. Rather than focus this entire column on why it makes sense for Apple to make a smaller version of the iPad, I figured I would point out why I think there is a market for 7″ tablets and how such a product may fit in Apple’s and others portfolio.

The Evolution of Portable Entertainment
In my view the 7″ tablet represents the evolution of portable entertainment. In many of the same ways that the iPad itself represents the evolution of portable computing, so would a smaller iPad represent the evolution of portable entertainment. I spoke about this and was quoted on the subject last week with many press, and my overall point was that the right way to think about a smaller iPad is that it represents more the evolution of the iPod than the evolution of the iPad.

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