re: iPad Mini Under Development
First of all we have to understand that all this talk is just rumor. Does anyone doubt that Apple is testing devices in all conceivable sizes, if just to see how they appear, and work? Really, they have to do that. But that doesn't mean that they intend to make a product based on one of those sizes.
So they're likely testing 6", 7", 8", 9", 10", 11", 12", 13" and even more sizes. They certainly are big enough to afford to do so.
But Jobs said what he did for a reason. The comment that we have no problem using our phones is off the mark. The reason for that is clear. Phones use phone apps which have less info on the screen, and are designed specifically for smaller devices. But a 10" tablet app isn't designed for a 7" screen. If its squeezed into one, it will suffer, as text will possibly drop below the size of readability, and touch points will shrink below the size of easy selection.
Writers must think this through, which often they don't. Somehow, they seem to think that there are no real issues. Apple has likely thought this out more than anyone else.
But we have to look at the 7" tablets that have been out there. According to Google, they aren't tablets at all, but rather big phone screens, because until very recently, none have used anything other than a phone OS, with the limitation of phone apps. In other words, apps designed for lower Rez, smaller screens. So it comes at no surprise that they work ok on a larger screen (assuming they work at all, which many don't, or poorly).
I think Apple will be much more careful about this. Remember that the main reason why there are 7" tablets has nothing to do with their utility, but rather with the fact that these companies are having problems coming out with equal quality 10" tablets that aren't more expensive than an iPad. We see what happens when a manufacturer prices their 10" tablet so that they can make a decent profitGÇöit doesn't sell. 7" tablets are their way around the pricing problem.
Apple doesn't have that problem.