Oct 19

According to the Taiwanese website “Economic Daily News” two potential suppliers: Korean LG Display and Taiwanese AU Optronics, have recently sent samples of their iPad Mini displays to Apple. The Taiwanese website said Apple has already set the specifications for the smaller tablet and will be shipped early next year. It will get a 7.85 Inch Display and gets the same resolution as the iPad 2. Steve Jobs earlier said on a Q4 2010 earnings call that a 7 inch iPad will be meaningless “It is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size“. But this is not the first time Steve Jobs denied a possible product. Steve Jobs did this with a lot of products until Apple was ready to launch them, such as the video iPod or even the idea of tablet PC itself.

If this rumor is true the iPad mini will be attractive to a whole new set of customers, it will be cheaper and much more portable.

Steve Jobs: “Apple has done extensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits on how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons, we think, the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps

What do you guys think, was Steve Jobs denying a possible iPad mini or not?

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