Steve Jobs was ‘very receptive’ to 7-inch iPad plans

NOTE: GrowthBeat -- VentureBeat's provocative new marketing-tech event -- is a week away! We've gathered the best and brightest to explore the data, apps, and science of successful marketing. Get the full scoop here, and grab your tickets while they last.

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue said, in an email revealed today, that he believes there will be a market for 7-inch tablets. What’s more, the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs agreed with him.

The email was revealed during a patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung in San Jose, Calif. today. Apple is suing Samsung over allegedly copying the iPhone and iPad in a number of its smartphones and tablets, particularly the Galaxy line of devices. While discussing tablets, Samsung counsel called up the internal Apple e-mail from Cue, which reads:

“I believe there will be a 7-inch market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve [Jobs] several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, Facebook and video very compelling on a 7-inch. Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still useable.”

There has been much speculation regarding a 7-inch tablet from Apple, though nothing has been confirmed. The company will have a lot of competition in the 7-inch market, particularly from e-reader type tablets, such as the Kindle Fire. Most recently the mini-iPad was rumored to be released during a fall Apple event that may also introduce the latest iPhone.