updated 11:30 am EST, Wed December 23, 2009
Claimed reliable source says small tablet due
Apple's heavily rumored tablet could come in a smaller size if a rumor today proves true. Referring to a source who has been "amazingly accurate" with previous Apple rumors, BGR supports notions of a January Apple event but says that the launch is "100%" likely to include a 7-inch tablet. Whether this would be in place of or in addition to the more commonly rumored 10-inch tablet isn't known by the tipster.
Some of the earliest rumors, dating back as far as 2007, had pointed to a 7-inch device but had grown silent as talk increased of a larger version. A smaller size would more clearly separate the line from MacBooks and lower the price, though it may hurt perceptions of the hardware as an alternative to a netbook. Most rumors touching on the software side have implied it would use a variant of the iPhone OS instead of Mac OS X.