We’ve heard this one before, but here we go: Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, tells “Computerworld” (http://macte.ch/NzuUg) that he expects Apple to release an iPad in a 7-inch screen size later this year, after a March introduction of an iPad 3 with a 9.7-inch touchscreen.

He expects Apple to roll out the former at a special event the week of March 5-9 and begin selling the device the following week. Gottheil thinks that we’ll see a seven-inch iPad and perhaps a specially designed wireless keyboard/case accessory for Apple’s tablet line later this year.

“I believe that’s always been in the plan” said Gottheil of a small iPad, contradicting past comments by Jobs, who had rejected seven inches as too small for a tablet, notes “Computerworld.” “Actually, that’s a good form factor for some users, and although they will also charge a premium above other similar-sized tablets, they want to protect that price flank.”