Lots of talk recently about a 7-inch iPad. Here’s one of the latest from Forbes:
As others have already speculated, Whiteâ€™s contact says the second-generation iPad will be smaller, with a screen that measures about seven inches, compared to the first iPadâ€™s 9.7-inch screen. The new iPad will also include the high-resolution â€œRetinaâ€ display that the latest version of the iPhone (4) boasts, a micro or mini USB port, a camera and greater capacity of up to 128 gigabytes. The amount of storage in the current generation of iPads tops out at 64 gigabytes.
These specifications, if accurate, should address the most common criticisms of the iPadâ€“namely, its size/weight, the inability to take photos or shoot videos and the difficulty of hooking it up to external devices like printers and scanners. The presence of a Retina display and built-in camera could also point to video-calling capabilities. Apple unveiled video chat software, called FaceTime, for the iPhone in July and has an interest in extending that feature to as many of its devices as possible.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say the following: Not gonna happen.
See, the iPad is selling like crazy. So crazy that according to that same article, around 45 million iPads will be sold next year. There is no reason for making a smaller iPad, because the form factor is perfect for so many different things. Of course, look at that same article further, and you’ll see why the iPad isn’t selling quite as many billions as it could.
These specifications, if accurate, should address the most common criticisms of the iPadâ€“namely, its size/weight, the inability to take photos or shoot videos and the difficulty of hooking it up to external devices like printers and scanners.
Seriously? Look, the camera is only legit for Facetime, but otherwise it’s needless. It’d be like holding up a clipboard to take a picture. Same thing with the videos. And as for the printing, that’s covered with AirPrint, and I could give a crap about scanning with an iPad.
I think ultimately the problem is that some people still see the iPad as a computer replacement. It’s not. It’s something completely different that can’t be pigeonholed because it’s a new category of device. So if you want to have a device that you use for pictures, use your phone. If you want one that scans documents, use your computer. The iPad fits somewhere in the middle. So no, there will be no 7-inch iPad, because the regular iPad is selling just fine, thanks.