Originally Posted by wizwor
Oh, well. Here...
The mini tablet form was validated by Amazon's spectacular launch or the Fire which was followed by Google's popular Nexus. That form was established while Apple was still denying an iPad Mini.
One thing Jobs (and Apple) learned from the Mac is that being first doesn't matter; what matters is who sells it to the mainstream.
Since then they have always waited for somebody else to "scout" a product category before coming in; Diamond and Creative Labs for MP3 players, Microsoft and Nokia for Smartphones, Microsoft again for tablets, Roku for streaming devices. (Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad.
So just because Amazon and Google have successful 7in products out there doesn't mean Apple can't waltz in and redefine the market for small tablets just as Samsung redefined the market for smartphones with the Galaxy note. And it is their track record of doing that that makes them the current trendsetter that everybody falls all over themselves to copy.
Dunno 'bout you, but Samsung has a reasonably successful 7incher in the Galaxy Tab, yet they are jumping to get out an 8incher for a reason. And the reason is Apple sold a ton of iPad minis.
Right now, Apple could jump off a cliff and half the tech companies in the world would jump right after them.