A smaller iPad would have only limited appeal, a consumer poll has revealed, seemingly endorsing Steve Jobs’s sentiment that a so-called iPad Mini would be a non-starter.
In a survey of 1,162 tech fans conducted by uSwitch Tech, 68 per cent of those quizzed (1,100) said they are not interested in buying a more compact Apple tablet. That left less than a third (32 per cent) who would invest in an iPad Mini.
The findings come after Jobs damned smaller slates on the grounds that the screen real estate they offer is not “sufficient to create great tablet apps” and that they are unduly fiddly to use.
Dubbing seven inch tablets "tweeners", he also claimed these halfway house gadgets are "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad".
However, since the Apple founder’s death last year, the signs from Cupertino are that under newish CEO Tim Cook the company is experimenting with different- sized tablets.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that an eight-inch iPad is in testing and that Apple has been trialling component manufacturers to supply its screen.