No 7-inch iPad says Steve Jobs

A smaller iPad has long been a rumour, but that has rumour has been rejected categorically by Apple boss Steve Jobs.

According to Pocket Lint, Jobs has ruled out a 7-inch model, saying it's just too small. During the announcement of company results, the Apple CEO commented that people would have to 'use sandpaper to sand down their fingers to use the screen'. Jobs also dismissed the competition in the tablet market, saying that despite 'the avalanche of tablets', there are only a few credible competitors, and that they mostly all have 7-inch screens.

'This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps', he said, before adding '10-inches is the minimum tablet size...7-inch tablets are tweeners; too big to compete against a smartphone, and too small to compete with the iPad'.

He also claimed the competition was 'dead on arrival' - and with record sales results just posted, he might have a point. In the last quarter, Apple shifted 14.1 million iPhones (up 91 per cent year-on-year) and 4.19 million iPads, bringing the total sold to something like 7.5 million. You can see why the company isn't taking the tablet competition too seriously right now.

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