First, however, I would reminder readers that when Apple first
introduced the iPad, I complained that a smaller, 7-inch version
would be the more appropriate size for such a device, assuming of
course that you intended to use it as I do, as a consumption
device. (That is, you’re not going to replace a laptop and connect
a keyboard.) Through various Kindle Fire devices and, more
recently, the Google Nexus 7, this opinion has held up. And now
that I see Apple’s take on it — a slightly wider 7.9-inch variant
of the 7-inch tablet — I’m happy to announce, for once, I told
you so. This is the ideal iPad.
The current iPad is too big and too heavy, and any refresh should
use Amazon’s Kindle as a guide: In fact, it should be the exact
same size and weight as Amazon’s device if possible. Granted, not
everyone is going to want a 7-inch iPad. But this model,
positioned squarely between the iPod touch and currently 10-inch
iPad, would provide a perfect middle ground, especially for those
who will continue to use the iPad for consumption purposes only.
(As is the case with virtually all iPad owners today, by the way.)
And that would provide an opening for the larger device to turn
into more of mainstream computing device.
Claim chowder works both ways. He nailed this one.