Gregg Keizer over at Computerworld is reporting that Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research, thinks that Apple is going to release a 7-inch iPad.[quote]Gottheil went out on a smaller limb for another pair of predictions, saying that he expects Apple to roll out a smaller 7-in. iPad — though not at the upcoming event — and perhaps tout a specially-designed wireless keyboard-case accessory for its tablet. ‘I believe that’s always been in the plan” said Gottheil of a small iPad, contradicting past comments by Jobs, who had rejected seven inches as too small for a tablet. Actually that’s a good form factor for some users, and although they will also charge a premium above other similar-sized tablets, they want to protect that price flank.'[/quote]
Just like the larger iPhone screen rumor, this 7-inch iPad rumor smells awful, but won’t go away. The iPad is selling in phenomenal numbers. Apple is on record stating that 7-inch tablets aren’t good. There is no good reason for Apple to do this any time in the near future. Why do the bumbling analysts think Apple is making one? Because other people are doing it. Sigh.
Just so we’re clear, we at Macgasm think this rumor is complete and total bullshit, and I would like to reiterate that my hat will be consumed if we see a 4+ inch iPhone or a 7-inch iPad in the next year. It’s not going to happen, and we’ll happily eat humble pie if we’re wrong here. We’re that sure.