DHAKA: Steve Jobs was receptive to Apple Inc making a smaller tablet, a senior executive said in a 2011 email revealed, fanning speculation it plans to make a mini-iPad to take on cheaper gadgets from Google Inc and Amazon.
An Apple mini-version of the market-dominating 25.4cm iPad could counter increasing inroads made by tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.
But the company has never confirmed the intensifying talk of such a launch, reports The Straits Times.
Vice president Eddy Cue urged then-chief operating officer Tim Cook in January 2011 to build a 17.78cm tablet, according to an email from Cue that Samsung Electronics presented as evidence in a United States patent trial.
In an email addressed also to software chief Scott Forstall and marketing head Phil Schiller, Cue said he believed there was a market for a 17.78cm tablet and that ‘we should do one’.
BDST: 1628 HRS, AUG 4, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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