So Rupert Murdoch made a comment on Fox Business News that there would be larger form-factor iPads. Or did he? Specifically, he said the iPad was “Pretty small to start with” but that there would “be more iPads” and other readers from competitors. In context, listening to the words, I’d think that he was talking more about the size of the market or impact of the iPad than the size of the device itself.
However, when talking about the iPad being small, he’s making hand gestures distinctly indicating the physical size of the device.
Interesting aside: he also said that “All media is going to go onto the iPad.” Not unexpected of course, but nice to hear from perhaps the largest media kingpin on earth.
Re: the size, this is interesting on a number of fronts:
1) He’s one of the few people outside Apple in a position to know. Not saying he knows, but if anyone would, it’d be someone like him.
2) He’s one of the few people who could understandably speak with impunity, NDA’s be damned. I mean seriously, what’s SJ going to do, put Rupert Murdoch in the penalty box? I don’t think so. Also, he said nothing that couldn’t be passed off simply as speculation over what some feel is obvious.
3) If true it makes Apple’s push for resolution independence all the more pertinent. Drawing vectors to points rather than dictating pixel/point size will allow Apple to release larger screen iPads, not to mention a higher resolution iPhone.
So assuming this is true……..I’m of two minds. On the one hand, sure, more screen real estate is always better within reason. But on the other hand every inch of screen size added means a decrease in portability or convenience in the form factor. Imagine a 15″ or 17″ iPad (just grab hold of the screen of your MBP and you’ve got it). Perfectly fine in a stand. In your hands…maybe a bit unwieldy.
Looking (much) further down the road, I think this also points toward increasing ubiquity of cloud storage and syncing. I’d love to have a 15″ or 17″ iPad on my desk, but a 10″ for the road, both of which were always perfectly in sync…