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Old 04-08-2010, 09:32 PM   #1
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Rumor: Apple seen readying 7-inch iPad for early 2011

http://www.electronista.com/articles...reading.first/

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/d...-2011-2010048/

http://nexus404.com/Blog/2010/04/08/...ll-flash-less/

This is what I was hoping for with the original announcement...An all-in-one device that is as portable as my Kindle and PRS-505 (and easier to read than my phone).

(Sorry if this is already posted and it may have been as I saw it this morning...I did a quick search in this forum and didn't see).

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Old 04-08-2010, 09:37 PM   #2
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Cool for people that want it.

If anything I'd prefer a 12" model so large format PDFs were more viewable in portrait mode vs. having to read in landscape a 1/2 page at a time.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:55 PM   #3
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The critics on these articles, seem to lukewarm about the possibility as well.

For me, it means a device that I can carry in my purse...easier to read/use than a phone (I can't use the smaller screen of the iPhone, or Nook, because of my longer nails).

Apple rumors are often more wishful thinking than reality...but I personally want something like this.

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Old 04-08-2010, 11:13 PM   #4
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That is a ridiculous rumor imo.

I mean really, Apple just added a product which fills the smart phone to laptop niche. There is no way I'd carry a 7 inch iPad as well as my iPhone, too close size wise. I agree, if anything, I'd take another inch or two on the size of an iPad, not a reduction to near phone size.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:57 PM   #5
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This would be more up my alley. Especially if the could price it closer to the touch's pricing.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:17 AM   #6
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No way that is going to happen (well perhaps a little way ) because of apps. All apps for the ipad will be made with the 10 screen in consideration, and a 7 inch screen would cause many apps to be redone.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:38 AM   #7
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There is no way I'd carry a 7 inch iPad as well as my iPhone, too close size wise.
There's a very considerable difference in size; a 7" screen has 4x the display area of a 3.5" screen. I think personally that this would be an excellent compromise between size and portability.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:15 AM   #8
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It's a nice size --- about the same as the original Newton MessagePad (and I still need to replace mine).

I'd be glad of it, and look forward to the competition in this space (apparently Dell is doing a 5" device called the Streak?).

Agree w/ Fugazied and dmaul that a larger iPad would also be welcome --- we'd get one here at work for the proofreaders if it would show a letter-sized page plus bleeds at 100%. Interestingly, that space has been collapsing and at least one person I know of has purchased an Axiotron Modbook to use as a Windows Tablet PC (since the Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012 seems to have been discontinued).

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I wouldn't mind seeing a 6 - 7" screen size and wouldn't be surprised if Apple came out with one. After all, they already sell iPods and laptops in multiple sizes so why not iPad?

I was going to buy the iPad but I found it uncomfortable to hold one handed while trying to use the other hand to do stuff.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:12 AM   #10
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Well, that one I will buy. 10" with bezel was too much for me to consider carrying around. 7" inch would be perfect.

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Cool for people that want it.

If anything I'd prefer a 12" model so large format PDFs were more viewable in portrait mode vs. having to read in landscape a 1/2 page at a time.
Dear, dmaul, that is probably the 817th post that I see where you telling that you need a device of no less then 12" to read pdf and bashing anything that's not.
I have Motion 1300 for 6+ years now, it has 12" screen and a tablet and it reads and annotates pdfs. I cannot use it, because god damn thing is too big to hold comfortably, but why you don't have it yet?
Is it apple-cool-aid you waiting for?
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:33 AM   #12
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I guess that will be released on the same day as the iPhone with a 2.8" screen that has been predicted to be released in the near future for the past two years.

There won't be a 7" iPad. Ever. It just doesn't make any sense since it would lead to further hardware fragmentation (software would have to be redesigned) without any benefits at all. The iPad features a much bigger screen than the iPhone which opens up new possibilities; a 7" version would just be between an iPhone and the current iPad.
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I think that would be a great size.
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I am not convinced that this rumor will turn out to be true. Would there be enough of a benefit to entice developers to develop for a THIRD class of device? Is there that much money being left on the table between the iPod Touch and the iPad?

I guess we'll see, but I'm skeptical of this one.

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It'd be nice if Apple just got off their backsides and announced the details of the International launch of the iPad they have currently.

I'm starting to suspect we're going to be slapped with a delay at the last minute.
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