Steve Jobs Says Your Fingers are Too Fat for a 7-Inch Tablet

Paul Lilly

Despite rumors to the contrary, it doesn't look like Apple has any plans to ship a 7-inch iPad to compete with other upcoming tablets with similar sized screens.

"It's meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size," Jobs said during Apple's earnings call yesterday afternoon.

According to Jobs, tablets smaller than 10 inches just don't make sense.

"Apple has done extensive user testing and we really understand this stuff," Jobs said. "There are clear limits on how close you can place things on a touchscreen, which is why we think 10 inches is the minimum screen size to create great tablet apps."

Interesting comments coming from someone who represents the company responsible for the iPhone and iPod touch, two touchscreen devices that are decidedly smaller than 7 inches.

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