21 Oct '12, 11pm

Steve Jobs once mocked smaller tablets, so why is Apple launching one now?

I was sceptical of the iPad when it was launched in 2010. Many of us still giggle at its name and snigger that "it's just a bigger iPod touch". Fast-forward almost three years and, truth be told, I would rather use the iPad now for most of my computing tasks. It allows me to work, consume media and play video games in bed, during the daily commute to work, or on the flight I am about to take to attend Apple's special event this week - where the company is rumoured to launch a more diminutive sibling for its tablet. Why would Apple launch that now, when even the late Steve Jobs once ridiculed the idea of creating tablets smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad? The iPad is arguably king of the hill when it comes to full-fledged tablets. It has a high-resolution screen, it is powerful enough to run console-quality games and has a stellar battery life - imagine that in a device you ca...

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