Apple's Steve Jobs was open to making smaller iPad

  • Steve Jobs was open to Apple making a smaller tablet, a senior executive said in a 2011 email that was revealed on Friday.

    The news has spurred speculations the firm plans to make a mini-iPad to take on cheaper gadgets from rivals Google and Amazon.

    However, Apple has never verified the rumors.

    Last January, Vice President Eddy Cue encouraged then-chief operating officer Tim Cook to design a 7-inch tablet, according to an email from Cue that Samsung Electronics presented as evidence in a U.S. patent trial.

    Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in a bitter patents dispute.

    The U.S. company accuses Samsung of copying the design and some features of its iPad and iPhone.

    Meanwhile, the Korean firm claims Apple infringed some of its key technology patents.