There is, as they say, a little bit too much smoke for there not to be a fire when it comes to the alleged 7 inch iPad. And yet, the question still stands, would you want one of these things?
The case FOR a 7" iPad: The size of the current, approximately 10" iPad can make it cumbersome to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. Reading. Watching movies. You know, stuff you do all the time on an iPad. In fact, the size and weight of the current iPad makes it cumbersome in general. Sure, it's way lighter and thinner than a laptop, but it's overall footprint is almost the same as a laptop's. You can't just "throw it down" somewhere the same way you would be able to a 7" iPad. Due to either a coincidence or precise planning on Apple's part, recommended development guidelines for apps are such that every iPad app would actually appear fine on a 7" screen, and thus developers would have to do little work. Plus, this smaller iPad would be cheaper. By quite a margin. Everything is already set up for it, now if only Apple would just give us a smaller, more friendly, iPad.
The case AGAINST a 7" iPad: First off, it won't even actually be 7 inches. It'd have to be 7.85 inches — far closer to 8 — for that whole "coincidence" described above to work. And who wants a smaller screen? You have an iPhone, you have a laptop. Then you had an iPad for in between. Now you need another device for between a phone and an iPad? The current 10" iPad's screen size is perfect for reading books, watching movies, playing games, and everything else one would do on an iPad. That's why Apple chose that screen size. Apps look better on it. Plus, if Apple does release a 7.85" iPad, it would not have a Retina screen in order to hit the "required" price point. Who would want to buy an new iPad without a Retina screen?
What do you think? Would you buy a 7.85" iPad? Leave it all in the comments below.