In 2010, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPad mini was just a rumor and that the whole 7-inch tablet industry would be “dead on arrival.” Little did he know that 7-inch tablets, and the iPad mini specifically, would blow the doors off the market. Today, Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt tried to put the tablet market back three years by saying that the iPad mini is “too small.”
Before the iPad mini hit store shelves, there was a lot of discussion about whether the smaller tablet would even make a dent in the industry. By the beginning of this month, Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet was on par to oversell its larger counterpart by the end of 2013.
It seems strange that Schmidt would be quoted as saying the iPad mini is too small when Google has its own 7-inch tablet that, technically is smaller than Apple’s tablet. If you take into account the slimmer bezel on the iPad mini, the active screen is larger than any other tablet in the small-sized market.
Maybe Schmidt is on to something. When Apple launches the fifth-generation iPad, it will definitely regenerate interest in the larger-screened tablet. Maybe it will push the mini to the back seat where it will go the way of the dinosaur.
[Via: Guardian UK]