Is the iPad Mini a defensive play for Apple?

The idea of Apple launching the iPad Mini would suggest that Android is clearly hurting the tech giant more than it would care to admit.

Remember when Steve Jobs told us 7-inch tablets were "dead on arrival"? The benevolent dictator of iGagdets decreed that 9.7 inches was the perfect size for a tablet, while 3.5 inches was the "sweet spot" for a smartphone.

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