A rumor about a 7-inch iPad hitting the market this year is still alive after Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t shoot down the possibility in a public interview Tuesday.
Cook, speaking at the 10th annual All Things Digital Conference, didn’t give a yes or no answer when specifically asked if Apple is working on a smaller tablet to complement its current 10-inch iPad, but his smile and laugh when asked about it may have said it all.
Cook was quite open all night about many aspects of Apple. When asked a question that he didn’t want to answer, he would simply say he didn’t want to talk about that, as he did with questions about the possibility of an Apple television set.
But with the smaller iPad it felt different. We have so many rumors out there from financial analysts and suppliers saying that the iPad Mini is coming this year. Apple released different versions of the iPod at various prices — can they do the same with the iPad?
“Whenever we can do fantastic products and they have different price points, we’ll do that,” Cook said. “We don’t have a religion about making one product.”
The iPad Mini (or Nano? Would they call it that?) is expected to compete heavily against Android tablets — especially Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire is the most popular of Android tablets on the market today. Its 7-inch screen size is said to be popular among women who love throwing it in their purse quickly.
According to the rumors, an iPad Mini would be aggressively priced between $200 and $250 — making the decision between purchasing an iPad or a Kindle Fire much easier.
Cook and the Apple executive team is scheduled to give the keynote address at the company’s WorldWide Developer’s Conference June 11. Maybe then we will hear about a smaller iPad.