iPad Mini Rumors

Anyone else find it interesting that all these years Apple and it's cult have claimed anything smaller than the iPad would be terrible, too small, blah blah, but as soon as Google releases a 7 in. tablet, suddenly an iPad mini would "sell enormous amounts," "be amazing," "revolutionary," etc.? I've seen nothing but iPad mini rumors the last couple of days now.

For those claiming the contrary of what I stated: "The reason we [won't] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit [a lower] price point. It’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software. As a software driven company, we think about the software strategies first." -Steve Jobs

Jon Gruber on 7 in. tablets: "But it certainly shows that Apple not only does not "need" to follow Microsoft's or Amazon's strategies, but that they shouldn't."

TLDR; Apple said no tablets smaller than 10". Now they're apparently making a 7". Coincidence?