A year after the death of Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs, it appears that one of the pioneers of modern technology is continuing to leave his mark on the computing giant’s line-up of next generation devices.
Although Jobs famously said that a “10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps”, it appears that he had a hand in giving the rumoured iPad Mini the green light.
According to recent speculation the iPad Mini will be unveiled at an event on October 17th, with the tablet expected to hit shelves just two weeks later.
However, according to reports, the complex components and specs needed for the device have proved a challenge to suppliers. This could mean that the iPad Mini is four to six weeks behind initial expectations.
Apple iPad Mini: Jobs was onboard
Apple Vice President Eddy Cue is said to have discussed the idea as early as 2011, with Jobs “receptive” to the idea the last time it was discussed.
In an internal e-mail, that emerged in the midst of the Apple vs Samsung patent trial, sent by Cue to then-chief operating officer Tim Cook, and other executives, he discusses the idea of a smaller iPad.
“There will be a 7-inch market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time,”
“I found email, books, Facebook, and video very compelling on a 7-inch. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable.”
Apple iPad Mini: Jobs saw drawbacks
Although it seems that Jobs was eventually sold on the idea of a tablet under 10 inches, in 2010 he listed some of the potential drawbacks of a tablet with a screen size below 10 inches.
This included the fact that there was a limit to how close objects could be physically placed on a touchscreen “before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them”.
The success of 7-inch tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire will no doubt mean that the iPad Mini may yet go on to dispel any reservations that Jobs may have had. If it ever sees the light of day that is.
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