Jobs Pooh Poohs 7 Inch Tablets. Headfake or Real?

Apple is doing its earnings call with reporters and after the financial news (Apple makes lots of money, sells lots of devices) Steve Jobs weighed in and according to what I’m seeing fly by on Twitter, he’s being uncharacteristically pointed towards his competition.

When it comes to possible 7 inch iPad competition, Jobs basically said that they won’t succeed because they are too small. You didn’t have to wait long before Twitter went crazy with Tweets saying that Apple won’t be doing a 7 inch Tablet, as many rumors have been suggesting.

But keep in mind, Jobs would make an excellent wide receiver in football given the way he bobs, weaves, and head fakes, when Apple is working on something that he wants to keep secret. He’s been known to pooh pooh quite a few things that have eventually showed up as an Apple product. Can you say “tablet?”

But then, maybe he’s speaking what he feels and is trying to protect his market share and knock down the competition before it gets out of the gate. I mean, Apple has only sold over 7 million iPads since April, which is one heckuva head start.

Here’s a pretty pointed quote:

“This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion. While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”

9 Comments

  1. Synergi

    10/18/2010 at 10:11 pm

    I think the main two things he hit on, is that Google themselves said Android is not made for tablets, and companies are ignoring them and making them anyway. And lastly, how fragmented Android, and maybe a 3rd point about the market places Amazon, Verizon are making. That’s just the start, there will be more.

    Google needs to grow a pair and save it before it gets worse.

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    • savagemike

      10/19/2010 at 12:35 am

      I don’t think multiple marketplaces will be such a big deal. If there is some app that is hot and is on one marketplace and not another – then a quick google will find it for you. Just like it does lots of other stuff. I think multiple marketplaces could turn out to be a big positive actually.
      As far as not using current and a new version coming – meh – early adoption blues.

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  2. Roberto

    10/18/2010 at 10:26 pm

    Whatever. According to Jobs no one reads, cares about audio quality, or wants or needs flash among other things. I’ll just continue make my own choices.

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  3. aftermath

    10/19/2010 at 12:21 am

    I believe that he doesn’t want a 7 inch tablet, but I don’t buy the reason. That’s a pretty great quote at the end of the article, but it’s implausible when one considers what the iPhone is or what the iPod Nano has become. A 7 inch tablet is more than generous in comparison.

    We all know Apple’s “walled garden” comes with a lot of limitations, but some of those limitations have upsides as well as downsides. I think that the average non-Apple consumer who walks into his local mall’s Apple store is well served by the lack of choices. I don’t even think that a lot of highly educated consumers could meaningfully decide at this point if they wanted (or would be better served) by a 7 inch device versus a 10 inch device. A choice like that puts the consumer in an awkward position, and Apple is the kind of company who protects people from positions like that.

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  4. savagemike

    10/19/2010 at 12:38 am

    A lot of what he said made no sense.He stated 7″ was too small for a good tablet experience.I guess this somehow magically differentiates a ‘tablet’ experience with other touch based UI experience since he spent several minutes before that going on-and-on about how great his companies touch based phone is. That phone is less than 7″.He also started with a given that all tablet users will have smart phones.BS. I do not have a smart phone and am not looking for another monthly $75+ bill to have a smart phone.I will probably end up with a tablet though….who am I kidding?I will end up with a tablet.My father is also very interested in a tablet and not at all interested in a smart phone.So – from my personal experience. He is completely wrong in his estimation of the basics of the tablet market.

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  5. savagemike

    10/19/2010 at 12:41 am

    I also had a good belly-laugh when he called out potential competitors as potentially trying to sell something with less capabilities for more money.
    hahahahahahaha….

    I guess he has never actually shopped retail for an apple computer himself.

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  6. Anonymous

    10/19/2010 at 6:12 am

  7. Mike Oxbig

    10/20/2010 at 2:57 am

    I don’t know but it sounds pretty real to me. You can here him in his own words on this video.

    http://ipadhelp.com/ipad-news/steve-jobs-explains-why-tablet-manufactures-will-fail/

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