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Apple CEO: We Will Never Create a 7-Inch Tablet

Apple CEO Tim Cook has stressed that the firm will never create a 7-inch tablet. Late co-founder Steve Jobs had also stated that a tablet smaller than the original 9.7-inch iPad would be too uncomfortable for consumers, who apparently couldn't use their entire fingers to utilize the device.

Speaking during a conference call with investors, he said, "We would not make a 7-inch tablet. We don't think they're good products."

While the recently unveiled iPad Mini is a smaller tablet than the iPad 4, it still boasts a 7.9-inch display. The revised tablet is "in a whole different league," he said when referring to competition. The extra size of the device offers consumers considerably larger viewing area that isn't restricted and cramped like smaller devices such as Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, the Apple executive said.

Its premium price, meanwhile, was also defended as Cook stated that the tablet is significantly less profitable than other products within its lineup. While Google's Nexus 7 has turned out to be a commercial success for the firm, it is reportedly planning a direct iPad competitor via a 10-inch Nexus tablet.

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  • wannabepro
    Another Apple article.. This is like the 8th one today.
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  • edgewood112358
    Yep... an extra 0.9 inches on the screen diameter puts the ipad Mini in an ENTIRELY different league than plain old 7 inch tablets... not. Face it apple, the ipad mini is overpriced and offers no advantage over other 7 inch tablets other than the apple software ecosystem (and maybe apple build quality).
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  • freggo
    Will be interesting what screen resolution Google would offer on a 10" version.
    Like it or not, Apple did set the bar on that one with the iPad 3.
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  • damianrobertjones
    wannabeproAnother Apple article.. This is like the 8th one today.
    Yep and the Windows 8 articles are full of 10 year old kids with multiple accounts/changing account names slagging off a perfectly fine operating system. If it were not for the 'Charts' section I would not longer visit. It's becoming a joke
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  • killerclick
    freggoWill be interesting what screen resolution Google would offer on a 10" version.Like it or not, Apple did set the bar on that one with the iPad 3.It's been leaked, it's 2560x1600
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  • azraa
    Well, I despise Apple almost completely, but I think they have a point here.
    They point mainly to the higher end of the PRICE spectrum (dont get me wrong, their stuff is garbage for its price) and as so, they surely have little market for a wallet-concious, performance/usd-seeker client, for which, at this point, the Nexus7 is the clear winner.

    But he 7" mark is like the minimum for me (and I guess for the majority in this site). It serves its purposes just right, but when you are apple, and you point at a high price market, you have to make your product a premium (supposedly) and that goes along with size. Most of the other tablets in that price range never shrink, and rather, they are quite large. And I suppose we all like the status quo as it is.
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  • spartanmk2
    I like apple and sumsung products, but i have no use for a tablet. (of any size)
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  • spartanmk2
    Samsung, oops.
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  • I wish I could go back to 1998 and experience the real Tomshardware again...
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  • Tom's Apple
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