John Gruber on the Prospect of an iPad Mini

McEnroe John McEnroe is pre-emptively furious about Apple’s iPad Mini.

John Gruber:

Ends up a 7.85-inch iPad display would be about as tall, physically, as the current 9.7-inch iPad display is wide. Here’s the math: 1024 pixels divided by 163 pixels per inch = 6.28 inches for the purported iPad Mini height; 768 pixels divided by 132 pixels per inch = 5.8 inches for the current iPad width. Not exact but close — the rumored iPad Mini would actually be half an inch taller than the existing iPad is wide.

So, here’s how you can make a poor man’s iPad Mini simulator: take a screenshot on your iPad, then view the screenshot on the iPad but rotate the device. This shrinks the screenshot to fit — almost exactly the same reduction in size as this purported iPad Mini.

Despite the weblog community’s over-saturation with this particular article, I cannot help but link.

Just prior to WWDC, as swathes of rumor-driven onlookers reached a fevering pitch, I wrote an article concerning the nature of end-user expectations for The Loop. The central thrust of the article was a general distaste toward the incessant perpetuation of unsubstantiated rumor. For many sites, rumor is misappropriated as fact, thereby establishing poorly representative levels of expectation toward product releases.

Contrary to this despicable and far-reaching state of affairs, there exists a minority of thinkers devoted to the measured consideration of the future. In my opinion, light-hearted contemplation of possibility is one of the most constructive and important endeavors a thinking person can experiment with. Marrying introspective thought with contextual reasoning, novel conversation and rhetoric may be derived, intelligent discussion may progress, and the community is bettered.

Residing thoroughly within this vein of intellectualism is John Gruber’s piece concerning the iPad Mini. Regardless of whatever quantities of insider information Gruber might hold, his thought process in considering the prospective product is utterly steeped within the bounds of measured thought. Rather than leaping from one faulty platform to another, Gruber instead embraces some degree of ignorance as to the reality of the iPad Mini, and embarks upon a basic, logical assessment of the situation.

Such reasoning is not only the antithesis to the rampant page-view-driven machine of many large sites, but also precisely characterizes the affability and long-standing relevance of Daring Fireball. As Shawn Blanc wrote today, “Daring Fireball at its best: smart, witty, fun.”