We’ve been hearing a lot about a possible iPad Mini launch later on this year. Opinions on whether or not Apple would actually launch one are divided. Even on this site Jake and I disagree. But, rumors will keep on coming, until such a time as it’s clear that it’s never going to happen. It’s taken 5 years for “smaller iPhone” rumors to die down. Richard Gaywood, from TUAW, has created a series of images to show what different apps would look like on a smaller, 7,85″ display. The set must be viewed from a current 9.7″ iPad, and are available to see here. If you view them from any other device, you won’t get any real perspective on the difference between the current size, and the rumored one.
The theory is that redesigning apps wouldn’t be necessary on the smaller iPad, since icons and “buttons” would still be easier to press than on the iPhone, and they wouldn’t be a whole lot smaller than on the current Apple tablet. The biggest debate I’m sure, is whether or not smaller tablets serve a purpose? Taylor Martin – over at Phonedog – wrote a very interesting article on smaller tablets, in that sometimes, they just don’t know what they are. And in some ways I agree. But, I do believe, Apple would not release a smaller tablet, if it didn’t clearly offer a tablet experience. The team in Cupertino has an incredible passion for excellence, and making products “better”. If it isn’t great, they’ll just refuse to release it.