It’ll be entertaining to see how this plays out over the next few months. I’m still willing to bet we will see a 7” iPad (or maybe something like 6.6666” – whatever Steve Jobs determines is appropriately magical and revolutionary) by the middle of 2011. For now, check this page for more on near-term Android tablets.
That patronizing put-down may have been what frosted Balsiile's cookies — that, and Jobs' scathing dismissal of seven-inch touchscreen tablets such as RIM's PlayBook. "We think the current crop of seven-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival," Jobs opined.
He did, however, allow the possibility that a seven-inch display might be large enough if it "includes sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size."
We at The Reg know schoolboy snarkiness when we see it, and yes, Virginia, that was schoolboy snarkiness.
Balsille snarked back: "For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that seven-inch tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience," he said.
"We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple," Balsille snapped.