The original iPad mini was never something Steve Jobs wanted. When tiny Android tablets started coming out, Steve snarked that you’d have to file down your fingers just to use it.
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Then, Eddy Cue, senior Vice President of internet services, read an article about all the reasons a smaller iPad made the same kind of sense, he picked up one of the Android half-tabs, came to the same opinion, and convinced Steve to do it.
That, by the way, is one of the biggest differences between Steve Jobs and almost everyone who tries to be the next Steve Jobs — he hired smart people and then, more times than none, he even listened to them.
That’s how Apple got the iPhone and not the Fire Phone.
But, this isn’t about Steve Jobs.
This… is about the iPad mini and where it goes next.