Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Friday Review: Is 7 inches enough?

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 22 October 10

Steve Jobs attacks rival tablet makers as Apple gains smartphone share against Nokia.

Size isn't everything... or so I'm told. And when it comes to technology, trends around dimensions are constantly changing. We've seen tiny mobile phones give way to sleeker, but chunkier, smartphones, while laptop computers have both expanded to widescreen and contracted to become ultra-portable netbooks. But according to Steve Jobs, in the tablet market there is an ideal device size and 7 inches – as offered by most of the tablets due to hit the market any time now - just doesn't cut it. "[The iPad's near-10-inch screen] is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps," said the Apple CEO on the company's fiscal Q4 results call this week. The fact that the vendor posted quarterly revenue of $20 billion for the first time inspired Jobs to make an unusual appearance on the results call, he claimed. However, it soon became apparent that his prime motivation was to have a pop at rival tablet makers…

Size isn't everything... or so I'm told. And when it comes to technology, trends around dimensions are constantly changing. We've seen tiny mobile phones give way to sleeker, but chunkier, smartphones, while laptop computers have both expanded to widescreen and contracted to become ultra-portable netbooks. But according to Steve Jobs, in the tablet market there is an ideal device size and 7 inches – as offered by most of the tablets due to hit the market any time now - just doesn't cut it. "[The iPad's near-10-inch screen] is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps," said the Apple CEO on the company's fiscal Q4 results call this week. The fact that the vendor posted quarterly revenue of $20 billion for the first time inspired Jobs to make an unusual appearance on the results call, he claimed. However, it soon became apparent that his prime motivation was to have a pop at rival tablet makers…

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