The moment Apple first released an iPad we heard the rumors of a 7-inch iPad being needed or in some cases that Apple were building one, although more than 3 years on and we’re still hearing the same mini iPad rumors in 2012. This year it seems that a smaller iPad makes sense more than any year before, and considering the iPhone is likely to become longer and not wider, then this leaves room between a 4-inch iPhone 5 and 10-inch iPad 3.
Understanding survey results — we know that a growing number of consumers love the idea of 7-inch tablets, which they state are much lighter, easier to hold, and great for big hands too. So why would a recent consumer survey find the 2012 mini iPad could be a flop? The poll by Voucher Codes Pro asked over 1,000 UK consumers, and found almost half thought it would be the “biggest flop from Apple“.
Looking at feedback to this poll across the web we can see that most potential tablet buyers are in favor of 7-inch tablets, and some people even state they “are waiting for a 7-inch iPad that is both smaller and lighter“, so what is going on with this poll? It could either be a collection of Android users, unlikely, that hate Apple, or they didn’t pick enough people for a poll across a wider scope of backgrounds.
Steve Jobs always steered away from the smaller iPad idea, but this could be about to change thanks to consumers wanting more sizes from Apple. We can see a number of people would want to defend Apple’s choice to stick with the bigger iPad design for so long, but there’s now room for something at the $200 price with no Retina. If 2012 plays out like some analysts believe then there will be a big hole between the 4-inch iPhone and 10-inch iPad, but should it be filled with a mini iPad?
This gap between iPhone and iPad is currently being filled with some amazing tablets, which include the Nexus 7 that is running Android Jelly Bean. The real issue here is whether Apple should take on the army of Android tablets at 7-inch, and do enough iOS fans want a tablet smaller than 10-inches? In our opinion Apple need to make this move in 2012, and we expect it to happen in tandem with the iPhone 5. If you ask 1,000 people why they love their 7-inch tablet, you will find out why Apple need to enter this lower priced market.