This Apple vs. Samsung case is really heating up, and I am enjoying every bit because of the exclusive emails and prototypes that have leaked as a result.
One email that came out of today’s court session has provided proof that Steve Jobs was actually receptive over the idea of an iPad Mini. If you’re aware, Steve Jobs during years prior knocked the idea of such a small tablet. It’s hilarious just how fast these market trends changed his mind. I guess the saying “you’ll never know until you try it” has proven true.
The email brought to attention earlier was between Eddy Cue (head of Apple’s Internet software and services) and Tim Cook. The email was sent during January of 2011, almost a year before the Kindle Fire’s release point.
If you can’t view the photo, here is what the email says in text format:
Having used a Samsung Galaxy, I tend to agree with many of the comments below (except moving off the iPad). I believe there will be a 7″ market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, facebook and video very compelling on a 7″. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable.
Samsung brought this email to the attention of the jury in attempt to prove Apple actively kept tabs on other tablets. Although the email never mentioned adding functionality from a Samsung tablet, it does prove they are interested in producing a 7-inch tablet based off the Galaxy tablets success.