iPad Mini photos appear, as court reveals Steve Jobs did like the 7-inch tablet

August 6, 2012

Chinese website Sina Weibo showed off a number of murky images of the purported iPad Mini, with these images seeming to reveal that the tablet will not feature a rear-facing camera.

Apple is expected to announce the 7.85-inch iPad Mini alongside the iPhone 5 on September 12, with a view to launching both on the market nine days later.

The late Steve Jobs was famously dismissive of 7-inch tablets, but new evidence at the Apple-Samsung trial suggests that the former Apple CEO may have been keener on the size than he ever let on.

Speaking at the trial in San Jose, Apple executive Eddie Cue said that email exchanges on the matter showed that Jobs seemed “very receptive” to the idea of an iPad Mini.

In an email also sent to software chief Scott Forstall and marketing executive Phil Schiller, Cue stressed that there was a market for a 7-inch tablet and said that Apple “should do one”.

"There will be a 7-inch market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving [2011] and he seemed very receptive the last time," wrote the executive in the email.

"I found email, books, Facebook, and video very compelling on a 7-inch. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable."

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