The rumor of Apple developing a smaller-screen "iPad Mini" is sticky. It won't go away. It seems not to want to die or be forgotten.
It's akin to stepping into a wad of melting gum on a burning Arizona summer sidewalk that leaves dirty remnants behind, even after you've cleaned it off, because that gum slid itself into the caverns between the grooved tread on the sole of your sneakers.
On Wednesday, it seems the tech world stepped in another wad of iPad Mini rumors after the Korea Times reported that an unnamed Samsung official told the newspaper that Apple was "planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen," later this year.
If Apple were to produce a smaller iPad, it would be a huge reversal of a very public stance against small tablets.
The late Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and longtime CEO, also shot down the idea of a 7-inch iPad stating that, at that size, "the screen is too small to express the software."
Not helping the iPad Mini cause much so far is the fact that 7-inch tablets have historically failed to catch any sort of consumer attention with one exception -- the Amazon Kindle Fire.